Tuesday Transactions, back in action
Norfolk continues to make move this week. First, they are the beneficiary of a move from the parent Bakersfield Condors. Defenseman Mikaël Tam has been reassigned to Norfolk. Tam has yet to appear in a game for Bako this season, but he does have considerable pro experience. The Quebec native spent last year in Norway, putting up 16 points with Sparta Sarpsborg. Tam last played in the ECHL in 2014-15, when he appeared in 17 games for the Fort Wayne Komets. He’s never put up huge numbers as a pro, and has split time in both the ECHL and AHL. Tam could be a solid addition for the Ads, who still need some help on defense.
Another move today happened to bolster goaltender depth. Fresh off of the acquisition of Steven Summerhays, the Ads traded future considerations to Reading for the right to Brandon Anderson. Currently, Anderson is playing with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs of the SPHL. We’ve already seen some players from Roanoke in Norfolk, including Travis Armstrong and Tim Boyle. Robbie Ftorek’s son Sam is the head coach of the Roanoke club. Expect a lot more of these transactions. Essentially, Reading signed Anderson and then traded his rights to the Admirals for cash or a trade to be completed later. Norfolk saw this a year ago with Adam Courchaine. Wheeling had Courchaine’s rights while he was in the SPHL, and Norfolk traded for them when necessary. Anderson did not play last year, but played with Tulsa, South Carolina, and AHL Hershey the year before that. Anderson’s best year came in 2013-14, when he posted a .916 save percentage in 39 games for Reading. He hasn’t been as impressive in any other season. Anderson’s .888 is unfortunately second-lowest in the SPHL.
I would expect Summerhays to get the start on Wednesday, with Knapp backing up. Anderson is available for call up, if needed.