News post today on Thanksgiving. While the news won’t make as big a splash as Etem and DSP, it’s bound to have a major impact. Norfolk has signed goaltender Brad Thiessen to an AHL Standard Player’s Contract.
Goaltending is obviously a strength with the Admirals, as John Gibson has proved to be an outstanding workhorse. The problem is that he’s played in 17 out of Norfolk’s 20 games, and the club doesn’t want him worse for the wear in his first true pro season. The plan was obviously for him to split time with Frederik Andersen, but an injured Viktor Fasth made Freddy a necessary long-time call-up for the Ducks.
Igor Bobkov has been with the Ads here and there, starting one game and appearing in mop-up duty in another. In his second year, Anaheim probably wants him to gain more playing time with ECHL Utah and gain starting experience. Thus, a true backup is needed for the Admirals.
Enter in AHL veteran Brad Thiessen. The 27 year-old netminder was a staple of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from 2009 until last season. Last year, he put up a .902 save percentage with the Pens. His best season was in 2010-11, when he put up a .922 save percentage with a 1.94 GAA. That year, he would go on to be named the best goaltender in the league. Understandably, Jason over at Chirps has a view on the WBS side of these things.
Thiessen had been playing this year at the Liiga (Finland) side HIFK. In eight games with the team, he put up a .883 save percentage and 3.08 GAA. He won’t be asked to do too much, just provide some relief for Gibson. With two games against Providence this weekend, there’s a chance Thiessen will get a start at Scope.