I will be attending the Admiral's training camp next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Monday and Wednesday they have scrimmages late in the day so hopefully I can have some good stuff for y'all.
[Ed. Note: We're going to try to bring you as much Admirals coverage as possible. Shawn is our eyes and ears in Norfolk. If you have questions, be sure to ask!]
The Admiral's signed five players to tryout contracts to participate in the week long training camp before the October 6th & 7th preseason games with the Charlotte Checkers. Four of the five players have pro experience ranging from the CHL up to the AHL . The fifth is a rookie who played for Michigan State and spent last season in the OHL.
Let's meet the players:
Chris Auger has a knack, albeit streaky, for scoring. He posted 92 points in one season of junior hockey and 59 points in 57 games last season with CHL champion - and new Anaheim and Norfolk affiliate - Fort Wayne Komets. At 5'10" he isn't the biggest player; however, if you followed the Admiral's last year, you'd know that size doesn't matter with players like Cory Conacher, the AHL MVP, and Tyler Johnson doing some awesome things.
Andrew Conboy is the physcial presence that this year's Admirals could be looking for. Through three seasons of American junior hockey, he had 451 penalty minutes in 165 games. He played part of a season with Michigan State, but left after a controversial incident that included Michigan players. While in college, he had 76 PIMs in 21games. The last four seasons were spent in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs. He collected 207 PIMs and 49 points in 157 games with only 10 games played last season.
Brandon Marino is another small forward at 5'9". He played three seasons of junior hockey netting 81 points and 153 PIMs in 96 games. In his four years of college his production slowed racking up just 51 points in 116 games. In three professional seasons with Quad City of the CHL he has put together pretty good numbers, 172 points with 90 of those coming from last year and 99 PIMs.
Jean-Michel Rizk just came off his first full season of pro hockey and was also a part of the championship winning Fort Wayne Komets. He put up 31 points in 55 games and had 79 PIMs. In five years of junior hockey, he tallied 140 points and an impressive 399 penalty minutes. In college, he played all four seasons with 131 points and 113 PIMs.
Brett Perlini is the only player to not have played on the pro level. The Ducks drafted him in 2010 in Round 7. He played 123 games at Michigan State University putting up 76 points and was second in scoring his senior season. Through three games of the OHL season with the Barrie Colts he has zero points and is a minus-3.