One of the positives this season for the Admirals has been the offense. The stats are even more impressive when one considers the number of times Milwaukee has had its full lineup. The averages compare to the last Admirals team that made the Calder Cup Finals.
The Admirals, after 46 games, average 3.04 goals per game (140 goals). Last season, Milwaukee averaged 2.86 per game. In the 2007-08 campaign, Milwaukee averaged 2.89 goals per game. In ’06-’07 the average was 2.84. You have to go back to the 2005-06 season, a season that ended in the Calder Cup Finals, for the Ads last average of better than three goals per game (3.35).
The 2005-06 team had three players (Darren Haydar, Greg Classen and Chris Durno) score at least 20 goals. Thirteen players on that team had 10 or more. Fifteen players averaged at least .5 points per game.
The current team has ten players averaging at least .5 points per game. Last season, eight players reached that average.
By the way, that team in ’05-’06 allowed an average of 2.93 goals per game. The current team is allowing 2.89 goals per game.
Admirals head coach Lane Lambert coached Todd Ford with WHL Prince George. He also had the services of San Antonio goalie Justin Pogge. Grant Fuhr was the goalie coach in 2003-04 and Tim Cheveldae served in that position in 2004-05.
Colin Wilson’s dad, Carey, spent ten years in the NHL and played for “Badger” Bob Johnson with the Calgary Flames. Carey’s dad, Colin’s grandfather, also played in the NHL and was the team doctor for the Winnipeg Jets. Dr. Jerry Wilson played a large part in Europeans coming to North America to play professionally as he helped the WHA’s Jets sign Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson.
Milwaukee has just ten road games left in the season.
Texas defenseman Maxime Fortunus has family in Haiti. His mother’s family is from there. After a few days, they were able to establish contact and his family was safe. The Stars, led by Fortunus, are doing a lot of fundraisers to help the people in Haiti.
Until next time…Go Admirals!!!