The last few games for the Milwaukee Admirals have been a very solid test in regards to playing through adversity with a stretched roster and fatigue. Today the team had an off-day to rest. And now they are receiving some reinforcements. The Nashville Predators have reassigned Frédérick Gaudreau and Adam Pardy to the Admirals. The Predators have also assigned Reid Boucher to the Admirals on a conditioning assignment.
One of the true great stories of this season has been seeing Gaudreau log game time at the NHL level for the Predators. He was an undrafted talent out of the QMJHL that signed with the Admirals ahead of a 2015-15 season that saw him split time between the AHL and ECHL. He burst onto the scene this time last season for the Admirals by scoring 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) while assuming the exact role that Colton Sissons had. He earned an NHL contract and then was selected as a representative for the Admirals at the AHL All-Star Game.
Gaudreau made his NHL debut in what is now the notorious food poisoning game. It wasn’t any sort of a one-off appearance as he would go back up again on recall and has now played 8 games in the NHL this season and recorded an assist to notch his first career NHL point. With the Admirals this season he has played 15 games and contributed 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists).
Pardy is also a nice story given how his season started. He tried to earn an NHL contract in the Florida Panthers pre-season camp and came up empty. He signed an AHL contract with the Springfield Falcons but ended up never playing a game with them. He was acquired in one of those rare early season AHL trades that brought him into the Admirals fold shortly after the team saw veteran defenseman Matt Irwin go up and stay up. Pardy then signed the NHL deal that alluded him in Florida by signing with Nashville after having such a good run in Milwaukee. Pardy should provide some immediate relief to an Admirals defense that has been running nearly two defensive pairings and on an empty gas tank in recent games.
Boucher is an interesting story in his own right. The Predators had just claimed the 23-year old winger from the New Jersey Devils organization and he did get a game in with the Predators prior to this conditioning assignment. Boucher has been a point producer everywhere he plays whether it be in the US National Development system, Sarnia Sting (OHL), or Albany Devils (AHL). The last area he is looking to get going in is the NHL where he has 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 83 games.That’s still a 0.35 point per game average. The talent is there. The all around play and consistency of it is what needs to turn up next to make him stay in the NHL. That’s where this two-week (fourteen consecutive days) conditioning assignment can serve him well to get minutes and a boost in a season where he only has played 10 games at the NHL level.
The Admirals play tomorrow night at 7:00 PM CST against the San Antonio Rampage at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. It will be the first trip into Milwaukee for the Rampage who the Admirals beat twice by 2-1 scorelines on the road to begin the season.
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