Plus a trade!
The Admirals had a busy day today in terms of transactions. Two players were released, one was traded, and a few were put on reserve. We know that the players placed on reserve will not be playing in the season opener against Wheeling on Friday. Let’s break these down.
First, tryout players Ryan Jasinsky and Bennett Schneider were released. Jasinsky has no professional experience while Schneider has been mostly unimpressive in his time between the SPHL and ECHL. Unsurprising move.
Second, Jordan Kremyr has been traded to Tulsa for Tom Mele. This is surprising because Jordan Kremyr was the returning captain from last year’s Bakersfield team. Mele had his most successful season last year, scoring 38 points in 60 games with 200 PIMs. Another fun fact: Mele played for CJHL Hawkesbury, where Eric Veilleux began his junior career.
Now to the reserves. Jonathan Lessard and rookie Connor Rankin are both reserves for Friday’s game and will not play. Both players could be switched to active during the Saturday game, but a corresponding roster move would have to be made. Nick MacNeil is on the 21-day Injured Reserve. As you may recall, the AHL does not have an injured reserve. Due to the ECHL’s roster limits, there is an IR. MacNeil will not be part of the lineup for three weeks.
Ty Rimmer (2)
Marcus Hinds (11)
Jordan Hill (8)
Norfolk stands at 21 players for Friday’s game. A few notes, here: both Ben Betker and Gabriel Verpaelst are listed as number 3 and Connor Rankin is listed as a defenseman. We’ll see what happens.
Check out this Jim Hodges article on Steven Whitney’s return to Norfolk.