First Impressions of the New-Look Admirals - Part 3
It seems like just days ago that the historic 2011-12 season came to an end with the Admirals raising the Calder Cup in Toronto. In the short time since that day, the Admirals have undergone some major changes. We are excited to partner with the Anaheim Ducks to continue the tradition of Admirals excellence on and off the ice.
With the new affiliation will come new players as training camp begins late this week. Over the next several days, we'll introduce you to our new Admirals a few players at a time. So without further adieu, we introduce you to the third set of your 2012-13 Norfolk Admirals! (Read Part 1 | Read Part 2 | Read Part 4)
Nate Guenin was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 4th round (127th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Guenin has played in 375 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch, Springfield Falcons, Peoria Rivermen, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Philadelphia Phantoms, scoring 14 goals and 83 points with 512 penalty minutes. In his NHL career, Guenin has played 32 games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks, scoring two goals and four points with 14 penalty minutes. Guenin also played collegiate hockey at Ohio State University where he netted six goals and 53 points in 151 games with the Buckeyes. Guenin served as captain in Syracuse last season. He agreed to terms on an AHL Standard Player's Contract with the Admirals on September 26th.
Garrett Klotz was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 3rd Round (66th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Klotz has played in 155 AHL games with the Adirondack/Philadelphia Phantoms, where he netted four goals and 11 points with 191 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in three ECHL games with the Greenville Road Warriors and 49 CHL games with the Bloomington Prairie Thunder (9g, 15a, 24pts, 129PIM). Prior to turning professional, Klotz skated in three WHL seasons between the Red Deer Rebels and Saskatoon Blades, netting five goals and ten points with 229 penalty minutes in 150 games. Klotz agreed to terms on an AHL Standard Player's Contract with the Admirals on September 26th.
Signed as a free agent by Anaheim on May 31st, 2012, Ryan Lasch will make his North American professional debut in 2012-13 after two successful years playing in Europe. An undrafted forward from Orange County, California, Lasch led the Finnish Elite League (SM-liiga) in scoring last season with 24 goals and 62 points in 59 games with Lahti. He was an SM-liiga First-Team All-Star. He also represented the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Championships. In 2010-11, Lasch played his first professional season with Sodertalje SK of the Swedish Elite League (Elitserien), scoring 12 goals and 30 points in 55 contests. Prior to turning pro, Lasch skated in 161 career collegiate contests with St. Cloud State University from 2006-07 - 2009-10. He is the all-time leading scorer in Huskies history with 79 goals and 161 points. Lasch was assigned to Norfolk by the Ducks on September 14th.
Eighteen-year-old Hampus Lindholm joins the Admirals after being drafted by the Anaheim Ducks just three months ago. The first-round pick (6th overall) was a top defenseman for Sweden in the 2012 U-18 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic, where he recorded a goal and four points while earning a silver medal. Lindholm is expected to become the youngest player in AHL Admirals history. Should he play on opening night, Lindholm will be 18 years, eight months and 23 days old, surpassing the previous mark held by Dana Tyrell, who made his debut at 18 years, ten months and 28 days old on March 21, 2008. Lindholm split the 2011-12 season in Sweden between Rogle’s junior and Allsvenskan teams; he recorded five goals and 17 points and a plus-25 rating in 28 games for their junior squad and one goal and four points in 20 contests for their senior club. He was assigned to the Admirals by Anaheim on September 14th.
The Anaheim Ducks chose Brandon McMillan in the 3rd Round (85th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Entering his third professional season, McMillan has played in 71 career AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch, scoring 16 goals and 36 points with 46 penalty minutes. McMillan has also suited up for 85 career NHL games over the past two seasons with the Ducks, scoring 11 goals and 25 points with 38 penalty minutes. Prior to turning professional, McMillan skated in four seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, scoring 56 goals and 169 points with 221 penalty minutes in 251 games. He has also represented Canada at two IIHF World Junior Championships, winning a gold medal in 2008 and a silver medal in 2010. He was assigned to the Admirals by Anaheim on September 14th.
Patrick Maroon was selected by the Philadelpia Flyers in the 6th round (161st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Maroon has played in 289 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch and Adirondack/Philadelphia Phantoms, where he recorded 92 goals, 136 assists, and 405 PIM. Last season, Maroon led the Crunch in points and plus/minus (+17). He was the third-highest point scorer in the league with 74 points (32g, 42a) in 75 games. Maroon was just one goal shy of the team lead in goals (Kyle Palmieri, 33 goals) and was tied for fifth in goals in the AHL overall. He joined Cory Conacher (80pts, 114 PIM) as the only players in the AHL to record 70+ points and 100+ penalty minutes (Maroon had 120 penalty minutes). He made his NHL debut with the Ducks last season, appearing in two games in late October. Maroon agreed to terms on an AHL Standard Player's Contract with the Admirals on September 26th.
The Anaheim Ducks signed John Mitchell to a two-year contract on May 3rd, 2012. An undrafted forward, Mitchell had played the previous two seasons on an AHL contract with the Syracuse Crunch. Mitchell has played in 110 career AHL games with Syracuse, scoring 17 goals and 37 points with 87 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in three career ECHL games with the Elmira Jackals, netting a goal and two points. A 6-foot-5, 216-pound forward, Mitchell played four seasons with the University of Wisconsin, where he scored 32 goals and 61 points in 139 games with the Badgers. A sociology major, Mitchell led the Badgers to a Frozen Four Championship appearance in 2010, where he led the team in game-winning goals (4). The Ducks assigned Mitchell to the Admirals on September 14th.
The Anaheim Ducks selected Kyle Palmieri in the 1st Round (26th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He will enter his third professional season in 2012-13 after playing in 113 AHL career games with the Syracuse Crunch, where he netted 62 goals, 109 points and 109 penalty minutes. Palmieri has also played in 28 NHL games with the Ducks over the past two seasons, netting five goals and eight points. Palmieri scored 33 goals in only 51 games last season, tying him for third in the American Hockey League. In his AHL career, Palmieri has a .964 PPG average, (109 points in 113 career AHL games) making him one of the top point-scorers in the AHL over the last two seasons. Palmieri also played for the gold medal-winning USA squad at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships, posting one goal and eight assists in seven games, ranking third on the team in scoring and second in assists. He also represented the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Championships, netting two goals and four points in seven games. Palmieri was assigned to Norfolk by Anaheim on September 14th.