This is the final week of Milwaukee Admirals Training Camp before the 2017-18 season officially begins this weekend. The Admirals will start this year’s campaign off on the road Saturday and Sunday against the Iowa Wild at the Wells Fargo Arena. Before getting there the team still has a bit of roster shuffling to sort out. In fact, that storyline received a pleasant swerve while today’s practice was in session.
Pierre LeBrun had the initial report that stated Harry Zolnierczyk had signed a two-way contract with the Nashville Predators. Zolnierczyk had been in Florida Panthers Training Camp on a try-out but was recently released. He has since immediately been placed on waivers and could join the Milwaukee Admirals roster by tomorrow afternoon. The earliest he would be available to practice in Milwaukee would be during Thursday’s Media Day.
Zolnierczyk was a real spark plug within the organization last season. He played 24 games for both the Predators and Admirals respectively and was well known for his great locker room presence. In the AHL last season he produced 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) during his 24 games with Milwaukee. His inclusion to this year’s Admirals squad would only strengthen a veteran leadership core which all exist within the forward group. The Admirals would have five players at or above the age of 30 once Zolnierczyk officially joins. And that doesn’t include Anders Lindbäck who turns 30-years old in early-May. It’s an unusual sight to have the Admirals packed with such veteran depth. It wasn’t that long ago that the Admirals were among the bottom-five of the AHL in age. Now they have trended well up into the upper echelon of the league with a current average age of 24.35-years old.
Another roster note today came in the form of the goaltending position. Matt O’Connor has won the back-up spot with Milwaukee. That means Jake Paterson will be starting his season in the ECHL with the Norfolk Admirals. Prior to the Zolnierczyk news today I suspected the defense in Milwaukee was what needed the most trimming before the season starts. With Zolnierczyk back in the mix? With Pontus Åberg apparently in Predators head coach Peter Laviolette’s dog house, Vladislav Kamenev not participating with a set line, and Samuel Girard getting the nod to start the season with Nashville? I get the impression the forward group might still get an adjustment.
Today’s interviews were with: Bobby Butler, Derek Army and Yakov Trenin. I must note though that an issue regarding the SoundCloud App on iOS and Android devices appears to be cutting interviews short. This isn’t an issue on non-mobile devices. I am continuing to resolve this issue as best I can.
How excited are you to potentially add Harry Zolnierczyk back into the Milwaukee mix? Are you happy to have this much veteran depth on the roster and do you feel that can help strengthen the team for a better playoff run? Who do you feel are the odd men out at the moment on defense?
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