The Nashville Predators have officially made their first wave of roster cuts from their Pre-Season Roster. There are numerous players that are being assigned or returned to the Milwaukee Admirals. Those players will be on-hand when Admirals Pre-Season Training Camp opens up this Tuesday at the MSOE Kern Center.
Today marks Day 1 of Training Camp for the Nashville Predators. There are plenty of names in the mix to keep an eye on because it isn’t long before the Milwaukee Admirals will be opening up their Training Camp prior to the start of the 2017-18 season. It’s with that in mind that we feel it best to get everyone set, old and new, for a new campaign here at Admirals Roundtable before we shift into maximum overdrive. Let’s go over the groundwork for some of “what” and “when” we do things.
Yesterday, the Nashville Predators announced their Pre-Season schedule and rosters for both the Rookie Tournament and following Training Camp. The Rookie Tournament roster can be found here and the Training Camp roster can be found here. Both are subject to change but offer a quick glimpse into those competing in a week’s time. Also, for the uniform enthusiast, you might notice quite a few members of the Milwaukee Admirals getting either brand new rookie numbers or their choice of uniform numbers.
There have been a few lingering names from last year’s squad that remain free agents. One of the most notable names on that queue has just come off the board. Harry Zolnierczyk has officially signed a professional try-out (PTO) contract with the Florida Panthers ahead of their 2017-18 Pre-Season.
This saga has finally come to its completion. Marek Mazanec has officially signed with HC Slovan Bratislava in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). In the release from the Slovakian club it states a mutual terms of release between Mazanec and the Nashville Predators after having signed a new one-year, two-way contract at the end of July.
The Milwaukee Admirals have signed Bobby Butler to a one-year AHL contract for the 2017-18 season. The 30-year old right winger is a three-time AHL All-Star and won the 2011 AHL Calder Cup with the Binghamton Senators. He has spent his past two seasons playing abroad in Sweden and Russia.
It might not be as complicated as the Marek Mazanec saga but Jonas Gunnarsson has just been loaned to HV71 from the Malmö Redhawks in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Gunnarsson has signed a two-year contract with Malmö in January 2016 months prior to officially signing with the Nashville Predators. His loan with HV71 will last until 31 October, 2017. The SHL season starts league play on 16 September, 2017.
The Milwaukee Admirals have signed Trevor Mingoia to a one-year AHL contract for the 2017-18 season. The 25-year old right winger played the best part of last season with the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL and, similar to recent Admirals signing Angelo Miceli, was part of a trade that put him into the clutches of the Norfolk Admirals. While both are under contract to Milwaukee it is likely both start next season in Norfolk.
And then there were four! The Milwaukee Admirals have announced this afternoon that they have signed goaltender Jake Paterson to a one-year, AHL contract for the 2017-18 season. Paterson joins a goaltending depth group that now features Marek Mazanec, Anders Lindbäck, and Matt O’Connor. Paterson spent all of last season in the ECHL with the Toledo Walleye where he was the league leader with 34 wins.
The Milwaukee Admirals have signed Angelo Miceli to a one-year AHL contract for the 2017-18 season. Miceli spent last season primarily in the ECHL as a member of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and is a likely candidate to report to the Norfolk Admirals when this coming campaign starts.