How many of you use Twitter? I’m on it. It can be useful for getting news out. Too often, people use it to say what kind of day they’re having. That’s a waste of technology.
Anyways, I saw a Tweet recently that someone had compiled a list of the 100 Greatest New York Rangers (Brian Leetch was listed as #1).
That got me to thinking…this is the fifth year of the current ownership group and my fifth year with the team. Let’s come up with a top-5 Admirals from the past five years. There are certainly many qualities to consider when doing this list. However, I can’t put my finger on what they should be. It’s more of a gut feeling.
So, opening myself up for second-guessing, here’s my Top 5:
5. Rich Peverley – Rich, currently playing very well in Atlanta, scored 168 points in 176 games with Milwaukee. Peverley had to start his career in the ECHL due to the lockout in 2004-05. When Milwaukee was down a few players in 2005-06, Peverley was added and never looked back, eventually becoming a million-dollar player.
4. Darren Haydar – Darren would rank higher if he were here longer. Again, this list is from the last five years only. In 2005-06, Haydar led the Admirals with 92 points. He went on to lead all scorers in the postseason that year.
3. Nolan Yonkman – Nolan is the first Admirals player to be named captain in back-to-back seasons since the team joined the AHL. He certainly doesn’t have the offensive numbers, but his leadership, effective work on the penalty kill and toughness have been necessary assets. Plus, Nolan is easily the face of this team in the community. He does a lot of work on behalf of the team and is always an excellent representative.
2. Pekka Rinne – He is, probably, the best goalie the Admirals ever employed (with apologies to Chris Mason). Pekka spent three seasons with the Admirals and is near the top of every goalie category in franchise history.
1. Cal O’Reilly – Cal is the team’s all-time leader in assists during AHL games. He joined the team at the end of the 2005-06 campaign, making him the longest tenured Admirals player on this season’s team. He may be quiet, but he’s one heck of a competitor.
A few milestones coming up: Yonkman will play in his 400th career professional game and his 300th career AHL game on Tuesday when Milwaukee visits San Antonio. Dave Scatchard is 11 points away from 300 in his professional career. Ben Guite is 25 games away from 700 as a pro. Triston Grant is 15 penalty minutes away from 800 in his pro career. Hugh Jessiman is four games shy of 300 as a pro.
I read this the other day: Did we really ever need to learn cursive?
Until next time…Go Admirals!!!