Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody. This morning I made the trip to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena to catch the Milwaukee Admirals practice ahead of tomorrow night’s game against the San Antonio Rampage. If I had to declare a theme or motto for what I saw in practice today it would be: pass, pass, pass some more, and pass again.
It was a very detail oriented passing day. There were plenty of looks in regards to d-to-d passes, passes that worked from the defensive zone up ice, and some passing work around neutral ice in transition from defense to attack. You want to know what the majority of Lay’s Potato Chips bags are filled with? Admirals passing drills. It’s just not on the nutrition facts label.
Those were the lines that rolled out during practice. It actually isn’t too clear if Justin Florek or Derek Army take that center role on the fourth line but my gut instinct would say Florek gets the nod. Rick Pinkston still remains on the outside looking in for the Admirals defense but he was one of only two skaters to advance from the first round of today’s team shootout drill. Anthony Richard was the second skater and he’d secure his second attempt as well to get the shootout win this morning.
Once practice came to a close I caught up with Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. I then had the chance to speak with Juuse Saros, Frédérick Gaudreau, and Pontus Åberg. These were today’s comments from a busy busy busy UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena that almost saw me get run over a few times by karts trafficking gear around the building.
Comments from their comments? What do you think the Milwaukee Admirals will be like tomorrow night having Félix Girard on the other side of the ice? How big of a boost will it be having Juuse Saros and Pontus Åberg back? Could tomorrow night be the last time that Saros suits up as a member of the Admirals?
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