What’s left now…
Tuesday night, the Admirals were down to zero healthy scratches. With a long road trip upcoming, they need a host of healthy bodies. The situation in Bakersfield is dire, because Marco Roy and Greg Chase were called up by the Condors. Norfolk did trade for former Hampton Roads Whaler Radsloav Illo, but that only fills in one forward spot.
Mathieu Brisebois was also called up by Rockford (he’s part of the Blackhawks), but that was met with a “trade” in which the Rangers reassigned Samuel Noreau to the Ads. Norfolk’s down a healthy forward and might be able to play seven defenseman if Joe Marciano is recovered. Marciano missed the game on Tuesday, but was not put on reserve. Norfolk has to find a forward somewhere.
The effect has been a waterfall. Bakersfield played with 11 F/6D the other night, and last night they played defenseman Nick Pageau on the fourth line. Thus, the Condors had to take from an already thin Admirals team. Edmonton recalled Anton Slepyshev tonight, meaning another forward had to go up. ECHL transactions aren’t out at the time of writing, so the Ads might have brought someone up from the SPHL or made a trade.
Marco Roy has been very good as of late, centering a line with Rookies Alexandre Ranger and Connor Rankin. Roy is tied with Josh Currie and Charles Roussel for the team lead in assists, with five. Greg Chase been one of the team’s most consistent players. Chase is second in goals to Currie with 4, and tied for third in points with Roy and Michael Pelech, at 6 points. Roy is an AHL contract and Chase is an NHL contract, making them easy to move.
Right now, the Ads healthy bodies are:
about Illo, Noreau
If Radoslav Illo‘s name sounds familiar, it should! Illo is the only product of the Hampton Roads Jr. Whalers to play for the Admirals. He’s back in a trade after playing last year in his native Slovakia. Illo played one game this season for Tulsa before he was traded to Evansville.
Samuel Noreau is a 2011 5th round pick of the New York Rangers. Noreau has played 3 games for Evansville, accumulating 24 PIM over that time. The third-year defenseman did score 11 and 10 points in the past two seasons with Greenville, the Rangers’ ECHL affiliate. Another fact: Noreau played at Baie-Comeau Drakkar, which explains why Veilleux probably brought him on board. He’ll be suiting up this week.