28 Left in Admirals Camp

Norfolk has posted their current roster of 28 players remaining in Admirals camp. The roster obviously does not include forward Mathieu Darche who remains in Tampa Bay. Four non-contract tryout players remain on the roster: defenseman Brett Angel, and forwards Rob Klinkhammer, Justin Taylor, and Shawn Collymore.

Update:
I suppose Morgan Cey is technically a non-contract tryout player as well.

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Talking at the Party

The ADs had their season ticket pickup party tonight. It was really good to meet a number of the players. Very personable and enjoyed talking with them. They seemed to be enjoying there area and a number are talking about purchasing cars and where were places to rent.

Got to speak briefly with Coach Stirling. He indicated that they planned to carry 21 or 22 players on the roster. However due to the fact of the injuries in Tampa and the competition for certain roster positions, they would not make the final cuts until Thursday or Friday. Team officals were very high on Taylor. Hope they give him a regular contract (AHL) soon. Right now we have only two true centers, Blair Jones and Taylor. They said Taylor is working very well on the line with Kvapil and Keller.

There first game is the 5th at Philly and the first home game is on the 19th. Can't wait for the home opener.

Good to know

Thanks for the info.

Admirals Latest Roster Moves

The Admirals announce their latest roster moves this morning. Boutin goes to Mississippi and Munce is the backup. Klinkhammer and Angel get AHL two way contracts and Taylor and Collymore get 25 game professional tryout agreements (PTO's).

It was noted at the season ticket pickup party when the team was announced that Boutin's name was not mentioned.

I have pasted the ADs press release.

Admirals Sign Four, Send Two to Mississippi

NORFOLK – Today, Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle announced that the Admirals have signed forward Rob Klinkhammer and defenseman Brett Angel to two-way American Hockey League/ECHL contracts while also signing forwards Justin Taylor and Shawn Collymore to AHL Professional Tryout Contracts. Also, the Admirals have announced that goaltenders Jonathan Boutin and Morgan Cey have been assigned to the Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL).

Klinkhammer, 6-foot-3 and 209 pounds, is entering his first professional season after four seasons in the Western Hockey League. He had a goal and an assist in two preseason games with Norfolk. Last season, Klinkhammer scored 33 goals and added 40 assists in 66 WHL games between the Seattle Thunderbirds, Portland Winter Hawks and Brandon Wheat Kings.

Angel, 6-foot-6 and 229 pounds, racked up 19 penalty minutes in Norfolk’s two preseason games over the weekend. The third round draft pick of the Nashville Predators in 1999 split last season between the Muskegon Fury of the United Hockey League and Toledo Storm of the ECHL, posting an assist and 54 penalty minutes in 16 games with the Fury and going scoreless with 17 PIM for the Storm.

Taylor, 6-foot-3 and 207 pounds, was scoreless in the preseason but had four goals and an assist in five scrimmages with the Admirals. He played last season with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights of the AHL, posting eight goals and 12 assists in 51 games. He also had two goals for Omaha in six Calder Cup Playoff contests.

Collymore, 6-foot-0 and 193 pounds, recorded two assists in two preseason games and also had two goals in five scrimmage games with the Admirals. He played last season with the Reading Royals (ECHL) and the Binghamton Senators (AHL), netting 16 goals and adding 32 assists in 55 games for the Royals and scoring one goal in nine games for the Senators.

Klinkhammer, Angel, Taylor and Collymore will be unavailable to play in the Admirals’ regular season opener this Friday as they complete the immigration process.

Boutin, 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, appeared in 37 games with the Springfield Falcons (AHL) last season, posting a 9-17-1 record with a 3.29 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage. He also played three games with the Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL), going 0-2-0 with a 3.08 GAA and .919 save percentage.

Cey, 6-foot-3 and 177 pounds, appeared in 47 games for Johnstown last season with a 20-21-3 record, 2.93 GAA and .916 save percentage. Cey appeared in one preseason game for Norfolk, stopping seven of ten shots in 20 minutes of action on Saturday in Hershey.

Wow.

Munce over Boutin is somewhat shocking.

I wonder if Munce stepped up and grabbed the spot or if Boutin lost it ... or they just want Boutin to play.

Munce Stepped Up

I don't see Boutin's performance at camp to be substandard. He had decent numbers. But Munce came in ready to step up and he did. He won the spot fair and square based on his play. If Ramo gets the callup, I will not be too worried about Boutin coming back here.

Well, Sucks for Me

Being a big Boutin booster, this is another poke in the eye.

Munce was rated higher than Boutin by the NHL CSS in their draft year.

Still, I wonder if there's not a little bit of truth in what Chad is saying about wanting Boutin to play more. I have a feeling Stirling is going to ride Ramo until his tongue wags this season.

Ramo Will Be Busy

Stirling has said he plans to use Ramo almost exclusively. Every three out of 4 games. Ramo better be taking his vitamins. Just hope our d plays well, I don't want to see him getting a steady diet of rubber.

Shot the Puck

I think this is the stud in the making for the bolts. If either Homer or Denis falter he will be called up before January. I want him to see lots of shots from all over the place, inclose, the point, short side and breakaways. I want him to build endurance and the understanding of what it is to be big in the net...... Then this boy will help us forget the year of the Wall.

Good Article

This morning, the Norfolk Virginia-Pilot newspaper had a good article on ADs going into this year. You may want to take a look.

http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=134010&ran=105727

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