NHL Contract players!
Norfolk got a little bit more exciting in the potential department. The Ads received their first NHL contract players today with defenseman Ben Betker and forward Greg Chase. Edmonton’s 2013 7th-round pick, Chase was a decent scorer at the WHL level. Chase has seen some AHL time with Oklahoma City; he will get a better chance to play in Norfolk. Betker is 2013 6th round draft choice of the Oil. He’s a pretty tall defenseman whose offensive game matured in his last two WHL seasons. Betker may be given some power play duty with the Admirals. Betker, Chase, Loiseau, Rankin, and Rimmer represent 5 designations I had pegged as possible Admirals at the beginning of August (Marco Roy hadn’t signed yet). Braden Christoffer has made enough of an impression to stick around, at least. Training camp cuts continue to be more financial than physical.