It's Exhibition Eve
Posted By: Aaron Sims
Day three of Admirals training camp saw 29 players take to the ice in two different practices and a scrimmage.
The early session had 14 skaters and goalies Chet Pickard and Jeremy Smith. During drills, the line combinations were:
Gabriel Bourque-Blake Geoffrion-Mark Santorelli
Linus Klasen-Nick Spaling-Matt Halischuk
Kelsey Wilson-Mark Van Guilder-Ryan Flynn
The defensemen were Jon Blum, Julien Brouillette
, Teemu Laakso, Scott Lehman and Brett Palin.
After 45 minutes, the players on the ice were joined by the remaining 13 players for a 40 minute scrimmage.
The scrimmage was a little choppy. I’ll chalk that up to the fact both sides didn’t have a complete team. Positioning and spacing weren’t a reaction because a center would leave the ice and someone would come on. That player had to figure out if he was indeed the center or should play another position (I hope I explained that well enough).
The coaches did get to see the forecheck with the forwards (F1, F2, F3). Players also had the chance to work cycles out of the corner and play at close-to-game-speed.
Kelsey Wilson had a nice shift working hard in the corner and keeping possession of the puck. Ryan Flynn also had a nice moment when he was strong on the puck and carried it through traffic.
Klasen has not been cleared for contact, so he didn’t take part in the scrimmage. Chad Painchaud
and Roman Josi
did not skate today.
The players that were on the ice in the morning left after the scrimmage while the group that came on to scrimmage stayed for drills. Pickard and Smith stayed for both. The line combinations for the second practice were:
The team’s first exhibition game is tomorrow night at Rockford. Check out milwaukeeadmirals.com
for the lineup. Milwaukee hosts Chicago at the Kern Center Saturday night.