Admirals’ rookie net-minder Michael Leighton rebounded from a disappointing exhibition appearance in Philadelphia
Last Sunday’s trade of Marty Wilford to the Toronto Maple Leafs left a vacancy in the assistant captain role.
It is speculated that Ajay Baines (Center) will take over that role. Baines had a breakout year last season with the Admirals playing
Casey Hankinson, is still recovering from a puck that deflected off his right hand in training camp with the Chicago Blackhawks, he has the injury wrapped up and protected but isn’t expected to miss any ice time.
Rookie’s take center stage:
Goalie Michael Leighton made his first professional debut and it was a memorable one as he picked up his first win in the AHL.
Vsetin packed his baggage and said goodbye to the small arena Lapac in the provincial Czech
city Vsetin. Team’s owner Roman Zubik sits in jail and no salary was paid to the players,
therefore lots of them didn’t hesitate to sign with other Extraleague teams or move to another
country when the season was over. During the summer it wasn’t even sure that Vsetin will
be permitted to start the new season. No wonder that the summer acquisitations weren’t huge.
Former captain Rostislav Vlach returned to the city and stellar center Jiri Burger was
resigned, which brought a modest smile to the faces of Vsetin staff. But there were still
holes on the roster to fill. It was time fill those spots with youngsters hungry for a chance
among the seniors. Jiri Hudler and Ondrej Nemec practiced the whole summer with the seniors
and they were obviously ready for the promotion.
Jiri Hudler was an Extraleague rookie in no way. Still only at 17, he has already two
The Calder Corner
Erik Cole: 1 Assist, 4 shots, +4
As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!
The Calder Corner
Ilya Kovalchuk: 1st professional goal, 4 shots, -2
As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted or we missed something, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!
To kick off the beginning of the AHL season, Hockey’s Future has merged with the AHL Report to bring you full and complete coverage of the primary minor league for the NHL, the American Hockey League!
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