Admirals Sign Kyle Hayton to ATO Contract

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The Milwaukee Admirals have signed goaltender Kyle Hayton to an amateur try-out (ATO) contract. The 23-year old from Denver, Colorado recently completed a collegiate season in-state with the Wisconsin Badgers.

Hayton appeared in 27 games in the 2017-18 season for the Badgers. He held a record of 9-12-3 and had a 3.09 goals against average with a 0.890 save percentage. The Badgers ended the season in sixth place of the Big Ten Conference and had an overall record of 14-19-3.

Prior to joining the Badgers program Hayton played three-seasons at St. Lawrence University. In his time there he held a 2.09 goals against average and 0.934 save percentage in 104 games. He also played in the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers from 2012-14.

The Admirals will look to finish off their 2017-18 season this weekend after being eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday night. They face the Iowa Wild tomorrow at the Wells Fargo Arena and once again the next night after a lengthy bus ride back to the UW-Milwaukee Arena for a Saturday night tilt and the season finale.

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3 thoughts on “Admirals Sign Kyle Hayton to ATO Contract”

  1. Interesting, not sure if we’re gonna play him this season at all unless it’s on Friday, I’d prefer Grose get Friday and let Lindy close out the season at home Saturday, I wanna see him play one more game. Honestly I’d love him n Grose to do a 60-40 split next year but I know that’s unlikely. I feel three big priorities for Nashville this off-season regarding the minors are A) get an ECHL team locked up for a few years, I think this really hurt Dean’s ability to motivate guys here with the idea that sloppy play or inconsistent play could result in getting sent down, also we weren’t able to develop guys even for a weekend stint like we did with many guys when Cincy was our affiliate.
    B) address veterans on the AHL team, in all honesty keeping some of the guys that are UFAs would make the most sense for some of the prospects, keep that familiarity with guys it’s more comfortable for a guy like Allard or Looty to follow the leadership of guys they know rather than learn new tendencies of new vet players. C) retain the current staff in Milwaukee, while I may be the minority in this it really makes sense from a development stance. Dean has done a solid job getting guys ready for Nashville or to be used as trade bait. The missing in the playoffs or losing is a result of a few things. Grand Rapids is always doing us in but more than that Dean has been dealt some inadequate hands of cards over the years from Nashville, be it trades of Leipsic or this year Kammy both huge score threats both traded but nothing returned in Milwaukee for them. Another obstacle the coaches have had to clear which many also deal with at this level is new players every year, you don’t have a core group of studs every season unless you look at Grand Rapids and see Tangradi, Russo, Lashoff have been there a long time as have their forever ageless goalie pair. They are an established team in a minor league, they have developed a culture of winning and when new prospects come in they adapt well to it. I want the Ads to do that and get back to a culture of winning not just making the playoffs but make some noise when we get in. That can be created but it takes the correct mix of vets and prospects and I feel that mix is pretty solid from the trade deadline on In MKE this yr, if we can keep some of that it would help carry over to next season and we can get off to a good start right away.

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