Admirals Ready to Get Started
A season after squeaking into the playoffs and giving the West Division champion Chicago Wolves all they could handle in a seven game series, the Milwaukee Admirals return eager to the start the 2010-2011 campaign.
The club went through a significant transition during the off season, evolving into a younger and more up-tempo version of its previous self.
Though guiding that type of team might seem like a daunting task, Milwaukee head coach Lane Lambert is optimistic about pushing the new look Admirals.
“There is a lot of change over toward young players and that helps because we are going to be hungry and play with speed,” Lambert said. “But being a young team isn’t a bad thing. Instead it’s a good thing because the guys are going to work to get better every day with their eyes on the big prize, which is to get to the National Hockey League.”
Offensively, the Admirals return just two of their top ten scorers, defenseman Jonathon Blum and forward Andreas Thuresson.
However, Milwaukee’s strength will be its blueline. Along with Blum, the Admirals defense may feature Alexander Sulzer (who has yet to be assigned to the club), Teemu Laakso, Brett Palin (acquired from Abbotsford), and a pair of ex-Chicago Wolves defenders, Grant Lewis and Scott Lehman.
Anchoring that group will be the veteran stability of Scott Ford, a stay at home defender who is a rock on the point.