by Aaron Sims
First off…an advertisement:
Admirals defenseman Josh Healey created an app for Apple devices a few years ago called Sports Aux. He developed it as a way for players to leave ratings for agents and others. It has evolved into a way to follow ANY (and I mean any…even youth and high school players) hockey player. I urge you to check it out on your Apple device.
I lead with that because this season’s Milwaukee Admirals are playing all over the place. You’ll certainly want to visit the Where Are They in 2020-21 page on our website where we’ll keep you updated with where some of the players will, but that is just players who would have been in the Nashville organization this year. With Sports Aux you can follow all of them plus guys like Freddy Gaudreau or Colin Blackwell. Anyway, here’s a list of players who would’ve likely been to training camp for the Admirals in Milwaukee had the team not opted out of the season.
As you now know, the Admirals parent-club, Nashville, has assigned some of its prospects to the Chicago Wolves where those players are rubbing elbows with the prospects of the Carolina Hurricanes (Chicago’s new affiliate). Admirals head coach Karl Taylor and assistants Scott Ford and Greg Rallo are commuting to Chicago daily to take part in practices and games. The players assigned to the Wolves are:
Lukas Craggs, Patrick Harper, Tanner Jeannot, Sean Malone, Tommy Novak, Rem Pitlick, Anthony Richard, Cole Smith, and Philip Tomasino.
Harper, Smith and Tomasino are rookies this year while Malone signed during the offseason with Nashville after playing for the Rochester Americans of the AHL.
Josh Wilkins and Michael Carcone (acquired in a trade for Zach Magood) will both be in Tucson in the Coyotes organization.
Alex Carrier, Jeremy Davies, and Tyler Lewington
Lewington signed in the offseason after a few seasons with the Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears. Lewington led the AHL in fights in 2017-18 and was tied for the third most in the 2018-19 season.
Cole Schneider was signed to a contract with the Admirals for the ’20-’21 season, but with the team opting out, Admirals GM Scott Nichol voided his contract so he could pursue an opportunity elsewhere. Schneider signed with the AHL’s Texas Stars and was named the team’s captain.
One other player, Brandon Fortuntato, is assigned to the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters after spending last season with ECHL Florida.
Speaking of Florida, the Admirals ECHL affiliate has the following players: goalie Devin Cooley, defenseman Arvin Atwal, and forwards Hugo Roy and Michael Huntebrinker.
There are a few players on Nashville’s Taxi Squad who very well could’ve spent some time with the Admirals this season. They are: Mathieu Olivier, Eeli Tolvanen, Ben Harpur, Michael McCarron and goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo. Goalie Connor Ingram was on the Taxi Squad until he voluntarily entered the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.
Two defenseman are currently playing overseas: Matt Donovan is in the Swedish League with HV 71 while Frederic Allard is in the Austrian League with Villacher SV.
Two players are currently without a team: Josh Healey and Spenser Young (a defenseman who signed with the Admirals out of college).
This website will keep you updated as to how the players are faring, but I urge you to download Sports Aux on your Apple device.
Here’s to a healthy year and a renewed appreciation of hockey in Milwaukee this fall.