Chatterbox, Vol. 200

(Photo Credit: Andy Nietupski // Texas Stars)

Today feels like a rather special day here at Admirals Roundtable. It might just be a rather round number but Chatterbox reaching Volume 200 feels rather special. It has been a fun column to dissect games, plays, situations within the Nashville Predators prospect pool, and so much more. At the heart of it though is being able to provide readers an inside access to the Milwaukee Admirals locker room and hear from the coaching staff and players.

Cheers for seeing this column through to 200 and, with the occasion being what it is, I thought it would be fun to try and make the most of it at today’s practice. This isn’t quite a podcast where I’m networking a Chatterbox greatest hits collection with Magnus Hellberg, Austin Watson, or Anthony Bitetto cropping up. Instead, I threw the option out to all of you as to who you wanted to hear from and added in a special treat while giving Dean Evason a day off. Here was a quick jog through today’s practice.

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Firstly, Tyler Moy was added by the Admirals on an ATO Contract and was on-hand for this morning practice. He fills in right where Pontus Åberg left off alongside Trevor Smith and Matt White. Moy will wear #24 with the Admirals and is likely going to be making his pro debut tomorrow night in Rockford.

The next development that took place was a fantastic sight to see. Cody Bass was on the ice skating ahead of practice and then took part in limited drills with the team. I had -wrongly- stated on Twitter earlier that he had ACL surgery but, as you’ll hear him say himself, he actually didn’t have anything structurally damaged with his knee but did require surgery that looked to have his season in doubt. There certainly isn’t any timeline you can slap to this or an ETA of getting Bass back for the playoffs. What I can say is that him being back around the team is a huge life for himself and that his well known off-ice leadership is hanging around the Admirals once again. Whether he does play or not – it’s another welcome boost ahead of the playoffs.

Someone who did not participate in today’s practice was defenseman Andrew O’Brien. He suffered an injury his first game back from a lower-body injury that had him out for two games. It’s not clear as to when he will return to the Admirals lineup at the moment. He was joined by Tyler Kelleher who also was absent today after having suffered an injury during Sunday’s game in Iowa.

After practice I caught up with Milwaukee Admirals assistant coach Scott Ford as well as Cody Bass, Anthony Richard, Derek Army, Tyler MoyYakov Trenin, and Adam Payerl.

Comments on the comments? Has tomorrow night’s game in Rockford gone from something of a tuneup into more of a game that needs to demand an impactful result for the Milwaukee Admirals after a woeful three-in-three weekend?

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