Big impact for the Ads
Bakersfield is in the midst of their first AHL game, tied 0-0 with league powerhouse Grand Rapids at the time of writing. A notable scratch tonight is Ben Scrivens. Once thought of as the future in goal for the Oilers, Scrivens was waived and assigned to AHL Bakersfield. The one-time LA Kings netminder finds himself scratched between rising prospect Laurent Brossoit and rookie Eetu Laurikainen. Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal points out that Scrivens may be a viable trade option for teams suddenly in need of a goalie. Scrivens exiting the Edmonton system likely means the Admirals will go with a tandem of Ty Rimmer and Phillipe Cadorette. Rimmer is in Norfolk on an AHL contract while Cadorette is on an ECHL contract. However, Edmonton may ask for a goalie prospect in return from their trade partner. Doing so might mean even more machinations in terms of goalie depth.
Norfolk also released six players today. Tyler Amburgey, Austin Daae, Trevor Hertz, and Dmitri Kuzmenko were all try-out players. Trevor Campbell and Kain Allicock were signed to Admirals contracts and thus eligible for waivers. Norfolk most likely gained five every-day players in Ben Betker, Greg Chase, Alexis Loiseau, Marco Roy, and Connor Rankin; a roster squeeze was expected. Norfolk plays Reading Saturday night in the only preseason game for the Admirals.