game 2: wild and crazy kids

Game 2 saw the Ads take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the first time this year.  John Gibson got his first pro start, Ricky Rakell keeps breaking out, and a comeback is mounted by these wild and crazy kids. 

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game 1: 2 points the hard way

Tonight marked the official start of the 25th season of Admirals hockey, even if it meant a start on the road.  Norfolk looked to start things off on a positive note in Hartford.

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meet your 2013-14 Admirals, mk. 1

Welcome to Meet the Admirals, which is not Get to Know Your Admirals. Yesterday saw the official release of the first edition of the 2013-14 Norfolk Admirals roster. I’m not going to go over guys who were drafted into the Ducks organization or offseason moves already made. Let’s look at stuff that just transpired.

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morning in california: get lucky

 morning in california is a re-cap of last night’s Anaheim Ducks game and how various Norfolk Admirals prospects did.   today: last night’s ugly loss to the Avs. 

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the roster’s watching

Hockey is here in a true sense! Last night saw the official start of the NHL season, which means the AHL season is on its way.  Six teams opened last night, and tonight the Anaheim Ducks make their season debut against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.  With that, the Ads (and Ducks) have some good news today.

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it’s cut day (kinda)

Today was the NHL’s final roster day, where teams must submit their 23-man roster for opening night. There are exceptions for injured players, and well that’s where we find ourselves. Let’s look at who’s taking a flight from LAX  or John Wayne or wherever to ORF.  Continue reading it’s cut day (kinda)

matty p traded to the ducks, john mitchell to hershey

Anaheim and Norfolk fans got a bit of a minor shock today when the Ducks and Capitals announced a trade. The Capitals received Ads F John Mitchell and Anaheim got back C Mathieu Perreault.  It’s a pretty big blow to the Admirals, as the teams loses an excellent penalty killer and a guy who was wearing an A as of last night. He’s headed to Hershey to hang out with Mike Haviland and haunt the Ads this year.

Matty P is a definite  NHL move.  He doesn’t play defense, which understandably upset Duck fans.  He’s a puck-possessing bottom-6 center with a knack for scoring,. which is something Bruce Boudreau wants…and oh yeah, BB coached him in Hershey and DC. What does this mean for the Admirals?

Anaheim’s center depth is currently”

Ryan Getzlaf

Nick Bonino

Saku Koivu

Peter Holland

Rickard Rakell

Matty P

We can eliminate Getzlaf, Bonino, and Koivu as possible cuts. This leaves Matty P, Holland, and Rakell.  With Holland missing most of camp with an injury and Rakell in his first full year out of the OHL, they’re easy picks to go back down to Norfolk.  We’ve solved two ROSTERWATCH selections, with a big round coming tomorrow. I’ll try to go into detail about the cuts when they happen.

Oh, and while we’re at it, D-man Nolan Yonkman was put on waivers. If he clears, expects him to get assigned to the Ads.