I haven’t written in forever!
The Admirals have done a lot since my last post. Again, I’m always active on Twitter @beneathscope. Since my last post, a few things have changed.
goalies back in place
In my last post, I wrote about how John Gibson had earned an AHL call-up while Frederik Andersen had been sent back to Norfolk to gain some playing time. Thanks to flu-like symptoms to Jonas Hiller, Andersen was recalled and has been back with the Ducks since. Gibson was sent back to the Admirals, without playing a single game for Anaheim. Not to worry, as Brad Thiessen was lifted off of the IR. (Ed note: Admirals broadcaster Pete Michaud informs me there’s no “IR” because there is no AHL roster limit.) He played his first game against Charlotte, and tied the league high for saves in a shootout loss. Igor Bobkov, who posted a .919 save percentage with the Ads, was sent back down to the Utah Grizzlies.
A big thing to worry about is what happens when Viktor Fasth comes back for the Ducks. According to this article on NHL.com, the 2nd-year Swedish netminder should be ready “next week”. Who knows what the results of that will be.
blue line bonanza
Ducks D Luca Sbisa was out for a long time after suffering an injury in a fight with former Admiral Radko Gudas. As such, Anaheim sent Sbisa back to Norfolk on a conditioning stint, where he didn’t do anything remarkable in his two games. The Swiss D-man was recalled by the Ducks and in return the Admirals got back Sami Vatanen. Vatanen is a welcome return, thanks to his firepower on the power play and ability to carry play into the offensive zone.
Wait, there’s more! Norfolk recalled Andrew O’Brien from Utah. The rookie d-man was injured to start the season and had no points in 7 games. The most surprising move? Norfolk announced the signing of Steve Eminger. Most recently of CSKA Moscow of the KHL, Eminger is a journeyman defender whose last North American action came with the Rangers organization. In 25 games with CKSA, Eminger netted 2 points while averaging 17 minutes of ice time.
Andrew O’Brien will wear #25…. Steve Eminger will wear #19….