Norfolk needs players. Two ECHL players are on the way.
Earlier today, I mentioned that the Ads needed a few players for their upcoming road trip. Monday’s ECHL transaction report lists two players headed to the team. First is David Pacan of the Cincinnati Cyclones. Pacan attended Norfolk’s training camp and played under Jarrod Skalde in 2012-13. Under Skalde, Pacan put up 52 points. He spent last season with the Kalamazoo Wings before returning to the Cyclones this year. The ECHL vet has put up an assist in one game in the very young Cyclones season. Pacan has 11 games of AHL experience between San Antonio and Utica with a combined 2 points. Adding a veteran likely means the Admirals return to 6 D and place Pacan on the 3rd or 4th line.
Norfolk’s other call-up is Alex Krushelnyski from Utah. His dad Mike was one of the players in the Wayne Gretzky trade (along with the Great One and Marty McSorley) and had a long NHL career. Alex is a professional rookie after completing four years at Colorado College. The younger Krushelnyski’s most productive year was as a junior, where he scored 43 points for the Tigers. Utah has played 2 games this year and he has notched an assist in each contest. It’s unclear if Krushelnyski will slot in the lineup. Like Pacan, I think it makes sense to see the rookie-if we see him- on the third or fourth line this weekend.
Good news is coming. Bryan Allen and Dany Heatley both skated today at Anaheim practice. While they’re not playing immediately, progress is noteworthy. If both players can get healthy within the next week, it might mean a player gets sent back to Norfolk. Rickard Rakell (or Emerson Etem) would be welcome additions to an Admirals team looking for playmakers and consistency.