After a long road trip, the answer is…
More players of varying quality. Norfolk completed a number of transactions at the beginning of the week, including some trades.
On Monday, the Ads let go of both Thomas Gobeil and Christopher Lalonde. Neither made much of an impact in their short auditions with the team. Norfolk finally finished off the Sebastien Sylvestre trade, which appears to be never-ending. Coming back are Connor Jones (in theory) and Scott Allen, both forwards.
Jones split time between Oklahoma City and Bakersfield last season, with racking up 26 points in 27 games for the Condors. Currently, he is with AHL Bridgeport, where he has played in 9 games–though he did appear in all three games over the weekend.
Allen is another forward, in his first full season as a pro. With Missouri, Allen scored four points in 5 games, all this month. He’d be a considerable boost for a Norfolk team struggling for offense.
Tuesday saw the Ads bring in some more reinforcements, along with some attrition.
Marcus Hinds left the team, choosing to pursue his education in Canada. He’s already committed to Ryerson University in Toronto. Hinds finishes with 3 assists in 13 games.
Norfolk also released Quinn Smith, who scored a goal on Sunday for the Ads.
Sunday against Manchester, the Admirals played with five defenseman (Ben Betker, Gabriel Verpaelst, Jordan Hill, Tim Daly, and Samuel Noreau). Not a great combination. Daly went down early, forcing the team to play four defensemen. Somehow, they only managed to lose 4-2, with the fourth goal being an empty netter.
Norfolk brought in a few new players Tuesday. First, they signed Ryan Jasinsky to a contract. Jasinky is a Richmond-area native whose highest level of play was a 45-game, 11 point, 133 PIM season with Youngstown of the USHL in the 2009-10 season. Jasinsky did play parts of two seasons with the Victoriaville in the Q. It’s unclear what Jasinsky-who was in Ads training camp-brings to the team. At least he already lives pretty close by.
Reinforcements on defense came as well in the form of a future consideration trade, which means whatever you want it to mean! Case in point, the Ads picked up Andrew Blazek from the Wichita Thunder. Blazek has played 11 games with no points. Last year saw Blazek skate in a mere 21 ECHL games, though he did merit a loan with the Worcester Sharks for three games. I doubt he’s going to be a power play guy.
Finally, the Ads picked up Kurt Etchegary from the Toledo Walleye, kinda. After finishing his career in the Q as captain of the Quebec Remparts, Etchegary left for the Czech 2nd league. He’s put up 2+1=3 overseas, but this would be a weird trade to make if he wasn’t coming back to America. I’m not sure what to make of it!
Goalie news: Tyler Beskorowany was recalled by Springfield. Ads now have Rimmer, Riopel, and Cadorette. Phillippe was out skating at McArthur today with Connor Rankin and Radoslav Illo at McArthur Center, which is a good sign.
News You’ve Wanted to See:
After a 1-6 road trip and half of the team in the AHL or on the IR, there’s not much to get excited about. Except Friday, the Ads are bringing it back, old school style. The Ads will debut their old-school thirds, which is the worst-kept secret around, along with Throw Back the Clock Pricing!