The Milwaukee Admirals returned to home ice this morning following a three-game road trip. Today was a skills day with Nashville Predators Director of Player Development Scott Nichol at the helm. Lots of work was done on the basics as well as getting pucks through the neutral zone and battling on defense. It all sets the stage for tomorrow night’s game at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena against the San Diego Gulls.
For the most part there really were no formal defensive pairings laid out for today. You would assume the go-to top defensive pairing is what it has always been with Jimmy Oligny and Alex Carrier but there were plenty of rotations with Oligny and Carrier separated. That really only left the forwards who were thankfully color coded today.
There is a missing forward spot. Emil Pettersson suffered an injury as a result of a hit in Friday night’s game. He is with the team, continues to be evaluated, but is considered day-to-day. Yakov Trenin underwent surgery not long after his frightening incident on the road against the Cleveland Monsters that resulted in a three-game suspension for Cameron Gaunce. Trenin is considered out long-term.
This would all then make sense for Stephen Perfetto to be in the lineup. He was suspended by the team on 11/28/17. As the story goes there he was suspended because he left the team of his own accord. It’s not known if he will ever rejoin the team but the Admirals are operating under the pretense he will not.
With that in mind the Admirals have recalled Derek Army from his loan with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). This season Army has only played in the ECHL to date where he is the team captain for Wheeling and has produced 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in 21 games.
Following today’s practice I had the chance to speak with Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason. I also caught up with Trevor Mingoia, Jack Dougherty, and Justin Kirkland. There were today’s interviews following practice from the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
How do you feel about the current state of the Milwaukee Admirals this early into the 2017-18 season? Is this a lull stretch in the grand scheme of things for the Admirals or is this up-down pattern potentially the way of things for this team?
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