Keller, Justin

Keller To Get AHL All-Star Nod

Our Sports Central is reporting the Lightning prospect Justin Keller will represent the Norfolk Admirals at the upcoming AHL All-Star Classic. The honor falls to Keller after Kyle Wanvig is unable to play due his current recall to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Keller, Tampa's 8th round selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, is a second year pro and has scored 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 25 games since November 21.

AHL Game Night 1/12: Wolf Pack at Admirals

A heroic comeback effort falls short.

HFD-3
NOR-2

Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. Gosh that sounds familiar too.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
HFD Korpikoski, (8) (Sauer, Ouellette), 2:33 (SH)
HFD Callahan, (2) (Hutchinson, Pock), 15:47 (PP)

Third Period
HFD Pyatt, (4) (Parenteau, Dupont), 1:28
NOR Milley, (12) (Schneider, Jancevski), 6:53 (PP)
NOR Schneider, (3) (Keller, Jancevski), 15:46 (PP)

Justin Keller has now pulled within one point of Blair Jones in the young prospects scoring race in Norfolk. Keller's an interesting case. Athletically, there's no way this guy should be an NHL player and yet he quietly continues to be one of Steve Stirling's better young forwards in the AHL. If and when the Lightning do have to pull the plug on the season, I suspect Keller will get a cup of coffee and I will be very interested to see if he continues to defy expectations. Some players are just heady enough to overcome physical limitations.

Also, although some of the things he's said in the media pointing the finger at the team's youth didn't sit well with me, the play of captain Dan Jancevski has really picked up of late. As a whole, this team is finally starting to give a solid, honest, competitive effort on most nights and I know that's the foundation Claude Loiselle and Steve Stirling want to lay in Norfolk this year. I think they knew going in that they were thin on talent and that the playoffs would've taken an extraordinary amount of luck with injuries, callups, promotions etc but if they can establish a culture in Norfolk where work ethic is the core of the team philosophically then in the next few years as more young forward talent comes to Norfolk they can build something on that foundation.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/11: Wolf Pack at Admirals

Slow start does in the Admirals.

HFD-4
NOR-2

Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 26 shots in the loss. Sounds familiar.

First Period
HFD Byers, (6) (Taylor, Baranka), 3:21
HFD Potter, (2) (Callahan, Byers), 3:54
HFD Hutchinson, (6) (Potter, Parenteau), 9:39
NOR Milley, (11) (Keller, Jancevski), 12:18 (PP)

Second Period
HFD Callahan, (1) (Byers, Anisimov), 4:21 (PP)
NOR Klinkhammer, (5) (Stewart, Keller), 12:19

Third Period
NO SCORING

Don't look now but Justin Keller has creapt to within 2 points of Blair Jones.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/4: Sound Tigers at Admirals

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

BRI-4
NOR-3 (SO)

Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 33 shots in regulation and overtime before getting tuned up in the penalty shot session allowing 3 of 4 shooters to convert for the loss.

First Period
NOR Jones, (7) (Milley, Schneider), 2:55 (PP)

Second Period
BRI Tambellini, (20) (Nielsen, Walter), 1:03 (PP)
NOR Jancevski, (4) (Kearns, Wanvig), 11:42

Third Period
NOR Keller, (8) (Wanvig, Jancevski), 2:28 (PP)
BRI Nielsen, (6) (Tambellini, Wotton), 7:45
BRI Sertich, (1) (Tambellini, Wotton), 11:31

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
BRI-Nielsen, Smith, Tambellini
NOR-Wanvig

Dan Jancevski was named the game's second star. Justin Keller had a goal and a game high 6 shots on goal.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/8: Penguins at Admirals

Where was this Adam Henrich two years ago?

WBS-3
NOR-5

Karri Ramo stopped 28 of 31 shots for the win to even his record at 2-2-0 on the season. It does not escape notice that the decision to play Karri back to back nights after facing a barrage in Philadelphia smacks of an organization rushing Karri back into game condition for a possible recall to Tampa.

First Period
NOR Milley, (7) (Henrich, Jancevski), 6:23
WBS Stone, (2) (Smith, Ardelan), 18:48

Second Period
NOR Klinkhammer, (3) (Henrich, Wanvig), 6:34
WBS Taffe, (12) (Filewich), 19:22

Third Period
NOR Keller, (5) (Jancevski, Henrich), 0:24 (PP)
NOR Henrich, (5) (Leach, Keller), 8:23
WBS Bonvie, (1) (James, Taffe), 12:25
NOR Stewart, (6) (Milley), 19:59 (EN)

What the hell has gotten into Adam Henrich? Adding his ridiculous 1 goal and 3 assist night tonight in with the rest of his production since getting called up from Wheeling of the ECHL and the former 2002 2nd round pick is now sitting with 5 goals and 11 points in 6 games this season. Are you kidding?

Also picking up his production of late is diminutive Justin Keller who dropped 1 goal and 1 assist tonight. In his past 9 games, Keller has 4 goals and 10 points. That may not be Adam Henrich type production (are you kidding!?!?), but it's pretty impressive nonetheless.

Seriously, if Adam Henrich really comes off the scrap heap to finally fulfill his potential Steve Stirling ought to be named not just AHL Coach of the Year, but Coach of the Galaxy for Infinity. I would've never entertained the notion of Henrich earning another contract in a million years, but how can the organization ignore this kind of production right now? At bare minimum you'd have to think Henrich is in line to get his PTO formalized into a full AHL contract with the Ads.

The Admirals improved to 10-13-3 on the season and while their 23 points put them at second to last in the division, they are just 3 points behind Binghamton for the final playoff spot in the division.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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