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Norfolk added another player to its roster with the signing of second-year defenseman Aaron Harstad. The Colorado College alum was a 7th-round draft choice of the Winnipeg Jets in 2011. Harstad never signed an ELC with the Jets, but did sign an AHL contract with the affiliate Manitoba Moose before last season. He spent 26 games with the Moose, putting up a meager 4 points. He was then sent to ECHL Tulsa, wherein he netted a respectable 2G+6A=8 points in 14 games. Rod Aldoff obviously expects him to produce closer to those numbers, as opposed to the disappointing results in Winnipeg.
Given his limited experience last season, it’s difficult to project how Harstad will play in the upcoming season. He does have time at the AHL and ECHL level, which is an asset for the Ads blue line. Harstad wasn’t much of a scorer in college, either. His best seasons were a 41-point output in high school, followed by a 21-point output in 2010-11 for the USHL Green Bay Gamblers. Fun fact: he played 47 games for Green Bay in 2009-10 under head coach Jon Cooper. He left for a better job.
After a quiet summer, it’s nice to see the Admirals announcing signings as fall approaches. School is starting around the region, meaning hockey is that much closer to being back.