Here are some players that could be on the team next year.
Norfolk, the ECHL version, has started its first moves in terms of hockey operations. The ECHL has released its protected lists. As alluded to yesterday, this lists means that the team gets to keep the rights to that player. Much more can happen between now and opening day, including trades, releases, signing in Europe, and the like. Time to get to know the next chapter in Admirals history.
Kris Lazaruk G
At 26, Lazaruk is an older entry into the world of pro hockey. The goalie signed with Bakersfield at the end of the year after a career at the University of Calgary. Lazaruk played 14 games at most in for UCalgary and posted an .810 save percentage in 5 games with the Condors.
G Pete Gibb
Weird one here. Gibb played club hockey at the University of Utah and was a frequent Emergency Back-Up Goalie (EBUG) for the Grizzlies. Gibb started a game for the Condors but didn’t make it out of the first period (ironically against the Grizz). Ty Rimmer is likely headed to Norfolk, so this feels like a contingency measure.
D Gabriel Verplaest 66 GP 3 G+7A=10
Verplaest started his professional career last year and appears to be a defenseman who can score a touch.
D Joe Marciano 58 GP 3G+8 A=11 Points
Marciano is a defenseman who apparently infrequently contributes offensively.
D Gentry Zollars 12 GP (w/BAK) 0+1=1
Well-traveled stay-at-home defenseman.
Brendon Nash D 4+20=24
AHL vet looks like a two-way D.
Trevor Campbell D 11 GP 0+2=2
Alaska-Fairbanks alum put up 15+ points last three college seasons.
Nick Pageau D 64 GP 7+20=27
Alternate captain, high-scoring right-hand shot, power play quarterback?
Cameron Abney D 38 GP 1+5=6
More of a fighter from what I gather.
Nick Zappia F 20 G 4+5=9
D3 college guy made a quick impact for the Condors.
Luke Judson F 22 GP 5+3=8
Signed to play in Scotland next year but Ads will retain his rights.
Jonathan Lessard F 60 GP 19+22=41
Balanced scoring from Lessard.
Andrew Radjenovic F 22 GP 3+5=8
Around 20 points a year for Canada’s Brock University.
Josh Currie F 71 GP 14+28=42
2nd-year ECHLer went from 31 points to 42 points
Brent Darnell F 6 GP 0+2=2
Michigan State Alum was good for 13 or so points a year except odd 8-point junior season
Ryan Watson F 42 GP 10+15=25
ECHL vet either has played parts of past four seasons, best season last year
Sebastien Sylvestre F 69 GP 23+24=47
Rookie lead team in scoring, very balanced attack.
Nick MacNeil F 45 GP 12+14=26
Promising first season for the rookie, can he build on it?
Connor Leen 11 F GP 3+3=6
Maine alum had a strong ECHL debut, decent track record in college.
Austin Block 14 F GP 2+6=8
Experience in Liiga, Allsvenksan, Slovakia…finally landed back in the States.
Jordan Kremyr F 57 GP 13+11=24
Team captain has been pretty steady in the ECHL.
Chase Schaber F 51 GP 15+18=33
30+ points two years in a row for Schaber. Can you imagine if Norfolk had this depth scoring last year?
Francis Verreault-Paul F 14 GP 5+5=10
Ended up in the Swiss second league, where he was okay. Norfolk will retain rights.
Michael Colavecchia F 6 GP 1+1=2
Started with the Grizz, ended up in Norway. Norfolk retains the rights.
Brendan Brooks F 31 GP 12+18=30
Brooks is old, for an NHLer, at 36. He spent the better part of the past 8 years in Germany and returned to Germany for 6 games. Norfolk retains rights.
Matt Thurber F 55 GP 11+31=42
Thurber had a nice rookie season with 42 points, perhaps he’s back.
Ryan Little F 50 GP 5+16=21
21 points in that amount of games makes you an ECHL grinder. 21 points on last year’s Admirals ties you with Etem or Laganiere.
Peter Boyd F Did Not Play Last Season
Kind of weird, I guess he’s retiring?
Elsewhere, a host of former Admirals were protected with their former teams. Rocco Carzo and Robert Cznarik were protected by Manchester, who will be division rivals of Norfolk. These players will not necessarily be on the opening night roster. AHL and NHL contract re-assignments as well as other cuts and trades might be made between now and then. The players on this list are but a preview.