The Norfolk Admirals training camp is in full swing. The physicals and fitness tests are in the books and now it’s time for some on ice action. In the AHL it is expected that there will be some new faces to each team. For us Admiral fans the whole team is pretty new to us, Over the next few posts you can get a chance to learn about the Admiral players fighting for roster spots on this years squad.First up are the goalies.
Sources: The AHL, Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim Ducks
Frederik Anderson – G
Age: 22 / Height: 6’4” / Weight: 225
Birthplace: Herning, Denmark
Frederik Andersen will make his North American professional debut in 2012-13. After first being drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2010, Andersen re-entered the draft last summer and was selected by Anaheim in the third round (87th overall). Last season, Andersen led the Swedish Elite League (Elitserien) with a 1.67 goals-against average and .941 save percentage as a rookie while also posting eight shutouts for Frolunda. Andersen’s eight shutouts in 2011-12 established a franchise record, surpassing perennial NHL All-Star Henrik Lundqvist’s previous mark of seven in 2003-04. Andersen has represented Denmark at the last four IIHF World Championships and also represented his country at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships. Andersen was assigned to the Admirals by Anaheim on September 14th.
Marco Cousineau – G
Age: 22 / Height: 6’0” / Weight: 195
Birthplace: St. Lazare, Quebec
Marco Cousineau will enter his third season of professional hockey in 2012-13. A third-round draft pick (83rd overall) of the Anaheim Ducks in 2008, Cousineau made his AHL debut last season with the Syracuse Crunch. He went 3-2-0 in six games with a 3.32 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. Cousineau has appeared in 45 career ECHL games with the Elmira Jackals, going 21-17-5 with a 3.25 GAA and .897 SV%. Last season, he also played 25 games for the CHL’s Allen Americans, going 16-4-4 with a 2.53 GAA and .918 SV%. Prior to turning professional, Cousineau played 176 junior games between the QMJHL’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Drummondville Voltigeurs, Prince Edward Island Rocket and Saint John Sea Dogs, going 84-67-12 with a 3.11 GAA and .897 SV%. Cousineau was assigned to the Admirals by Anaheim on September 14th.
Igor Bobkov – G
Age: 21 / Height: 6’4” / Weight: 192
Birthplace: Surgud, Russia
Goaltender Igor Bobkov will play his first full professional season in 2012-13. The 6-foot-4, Russian goaltender, has appeared in six career AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch over the last two seasons after his junior season had ended. In those games with the Crunch, Bobkov went 4-1-1 with a 2.95 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. His first two professional games were against the Admirals in 2010-11, as Bobkov earned back-to-back wins against Norfolk while stopping 77 of the 84 shots fired his way. Last season, Bobkov went 2-1-1 with a 2.68 GAA and .913 SV% in four games as the Crunch battled for a playoff berth. He has played two seasons in North America, primarily in junior hockey between the OHL’s London Knights and Kingston Frontenacs. He has represented Russia in international competition three times, winning a gold medal in the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships while being named the tournament’s best goaltender in 2009 in a silver medal effort. Bobkov was assigned to the Admirals by the Ducks on September 14th.