Admirals get serious help on defense from Bakersfield
A season mired with bad news received some of the good variety Monday when it was announced defenseman Nick Pageau would be assigned to Norfolk from Bakersfield. Pageau is currently on an AHL contract after a very successful 2014-15 campaign between Bakersfield and Oklahoma City. Last year, Pageau put up 27 points in 64 games for OKC before notching 6 points in 8 games for then-ECHL Bako. Pageau is off to a bit of a slow start this year, with 1 assist in 12 games for the Condors. He’s been shuffled a bit, but this should be a good sign for an Admirals defense often mired with health concerns.
More news today, and I’ll start with the more confusing one. The ECHL lists Connor Rankin as recalled by Bakersfield, which is simple enough. the AHL lists Rankin as “released from SPC” which is confusing. Players are generally released from AHL SPCs so that they can sign NHL contracts. I’m not sure what the case is, here. I’m sure more clarity will be evident by Wednesday, when the Admirals host South Carolina.
Tommy Mele has returned from bereavement leave, which is bittersweet news. Ted Warren has an interview with Mele over at The Sin Bin.
Nic Riopel is on reserve for the time being, which is fine. Ty Rimmer and Tyler Beskorowany are your goalies going forward. Riopel’s injury wasn’t supposed to be serious–hopefully he’s ready if Beskorowany gets recalled by Springfield.
Chase Schaber was placed on 21-Day IR retroactive to November 7. Part of this is a backtracking rule by the ECHL; I also think we might see Schaber back because of it.
Who knows what happens between now and Wednesday.