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Norfolk did not have a great season this year, one which resulted in me posting much, much less. Many of you probably inserted “for the better” in that last line, and I don’t blame you. If you want a comprehensive look at the season as a whole, I recommend Joe Cicero’s piece for the Pilot. Some key takeaways are that Robbie Ftorek will be back, some players should return, and that there will be a new affiliation and jersey. The last two bits were known information, but bear repeating. With the Admirals out of the playoff chase, it’s time to look forward to next year.
Step one is the announcement of the home schedule for the 2017-18 season. The ECHL has usually been quick with this release, as there are very few teams who have scheduling conflicts with NBA teams. I think the count is still one, with the Orlando Solar Bears sharing space with the Orlando Magic. The Admirals will announce their home slate on Monday. Some changes will definitely happen next year. The Admirals will not play the folded Elmira Jackals, but there is a good chance that they will play the reborn Jacksonville IceMen and the expansion Worcester Railers.
Next year should bring about another round of divisional realignment, and this time it should make more sense. Despite playing a generous portion of games against the North Division-which was made up of the old East Division-the Ads played in the South Division. The South Division was haphazardly made, with the Cincinnati Cyclones thrown in for still unknown purposes. Norfolk will still be in a weird place next year, wherein they’ll play Reading a lot (closest opponent), as well as many South Division opponents. I think the Ads will play in a South Division next year, with Jacksonville switching out for Cincinnati.
The Admirals have been answering questions about the schedule without answering questions on their Facebook page. So far, it looks like Wheeling, South Carolina, Adirondack, and maybe Brampton will come through. I’d expect a healthy dose of teams from last year, and maybe a couple new ones.