I haven’t written in forever!
I haven’t written here in a while. I’ve escaped game recaps, failed to post PTOs, and have generally stuck to Twitter. Writing has ceased here for a bit because this team continues to disappoint me. When you’re not paid to write, and you do it for yourself, you’re under no onus to continue. Except, I feel the need to finally say something.
I’m going to try something different tonight. It’s going to be terrible.
I haven’t written in a while and that’s not good. Now, some thoughts.
With the Admirals getting a clean break in terms of calendar dates, it’s time to look back at the month that was. Continue reading
Minor league hockey, especially at the AHL level, is a matter of unpredictability. You will not be guaranteed even 75% of the same team on two consecutive game nights. Injuries to the big club always affect the team, more than usual some weeks.
With Frederik Andersen in Anaheim, highly-touted prospect John Gibson got complete and total control of the net against the Albany Devils this weekend.
Both games against the ADevs had the same result. A team won 2-1 in the shootout with the only regulation goals coming on the Power Play for either team. Albany’s trap style is inherently boring, forcing much of the game to be played in the neutral zone. Nonetheless, the Admirals were still outshot in each game. Saturday’s contest was a little closer, with Norfolk getting 26 shots to Albany’s 28.
John Gibson was the story for both games. The rookie goalie was outstanding, only allowing one goal in each game. He seemed to control bounces that were 20 feet outside his net. He’s coming more into form as a professional netminder, and the future is obviously very bright for him. Among AHL goalies with at least 4 starts, Gibson is 2nd in save percentage behind only Jake Allen of Chicago. Both Martin Jones of Manchester and Richard Bachman of Oklahoma City have 6 starts, which does obscure some perspective. Reminder that we’re only six games in the season, anyway.
Friday’s shootout saw goals from DSP and Joseph Cramarossa to win the game. Saturday’s game was similar, but different. Charlie Sarault notched a power=play goal after being scratched on Friday. Despite this, the game still went to another shootout. No Admirals scored a goal, and thus a loss. Six points were up for grabs this weekend, with the teams splitting three a piece. Norfolk has to get better 5v5 and get shots on goal. It’s not happening, though Saturday may have been a slight improvement.
Brad Staubitz has been placed on waivers by the Ducks. Despite playing in both games over the weekend, Anaheim feels he is probably better off somewhere else. No team has yet to claim him (3:30 Eastern, Sunday). Buzz abound that he might go to the Montreal Canadiens since they’re out Brandon Prust and George Parros.
Utah went 1-1 over the weekend, with Igor Bobkov in net for both starts. Jamie MacQueen scored 4 goals on Friday for a victory over the Idaho Steeleheads, while they dropped a game on Saturday against the Las Vegas Wranglers.
Today was the NHL’s final roster day, where teams must submit their 23-man roster for opening night. There are exceptions for injured players, and well that’s where we find ourselves. Let’s look at who’s taking a flight from LAX or John Wayne or wherever to ORF. Continue reading