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.
Sources: The AHL, Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim Ducks
Devante Smith-Pelly – RW
Age: 20 / Height: 6’0” / Weight: 211
Birthplace: Scarborough, Ontario
A fourth-round selection (106th overall) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Sami Vatanen will make his North American professional debut in 2012-13. Despite being only 21 years old, Vatanen already has played 156 professional games in the Finnish Elite League with his hometown team Jyväskylä, netting 32 goals and 103 points with 114 penalty minutes. In 2010-11, Vatanen was named the Finnish Elite League’s Defenseman of the Year and was also named to the All-Star Team. He patterns his game after five-time NHL All-Star defenseman Scott Niedermayer, who retired as a member of the Anaheim Ducks and remains in the organization to help develop the team’s defensemen. The Ducks assigned Vatanen to the Admirals on September 14th.
Chris Wagner – RW
Age: 21 / Height: 6’0” / Weight: 200
Birthplace: Wellesley, Massachusetts
The 2012-13 season will mark the professional debut of forward Chris Wagner, who was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 5th Round (122nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Wagner spent the past two seasons with the Colgate University Red Raiders, posting 26 goals and 70 points in 79 games. Last season, Wagner ranked second on the team in scoring with 51 points (38gp, 17g, 34a). He led the ECAC with 34 assists and was named to the Second Team All-ECAC while also being nominated for the Best Defensive Forward Award. Prior to heading to college, Wagner played two seasons with the South Shore Kings of the EJHL. He was 2009-10 League MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 2009-10. The Ducks assigned Wagner to the Admirals on September 14th.
Peter Holland – C
Age: 21 / Height: 6’3” / Weight: 200
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Former first-round draft pick Peter Holland (15th overall in 2009 by Anaheim) enters his second full professional season in 2012-13. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward played in 71 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch, ranking second on the club with 60 points and third on the team with 23 goals. Holland was one of Syracuse’s hottest players down the stretch last season. He led the team with 19 points (5g, 14a) and ranked third with a plus-10 rating as the team won 15 of its final 20 games and qualified for the post-season in the regular season’s final game. Holland also made his NHL debut last season, posting one goal in four games with Anaheim. His first NHL goal was the game-winner against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks on November 11, 2011. Holland was assigned to the Admirals by Anaheim on September 14th.
Matt Kennedy – RW
Age: 23 / Height: 6’2” / Weight: 202
Birthplace: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Matt Kennedy was selected in the 5th Round (131st overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Kennedy has played in 111 AHL games between the Charlotte Checkers and Syracuse Crunch, netting six goals and 21 points with 135 PIM. He appeared in 42 games with Syracuse last season before suffering an injury in late January that sidelined him the rest of the season. The Ducks acquired Kennedy along with center Stefan Chaput from the Hurricanes in exchange for center Ryan Carter on November 23, 2010. Prior to turning pro, Kennedy appeared in 231 career games between the OHL’s Guelph Storm and Barrie Colts, netting 79 goals and 151 points with 336 penalty minutes. He captained the Storm and led the team in scoring in his final full season with the club (2008-09) and was selected to the 2010 OHL All-Star Game. Kennedy was assigned to the Admirals by Anaheim on September 14th.
John Kurtz – LW
Age: 23 / Height: 6’2” / Weight: 210
Birthplace: Oakville, Ontario
John Kurtz enters his third full professional season in 2012-13. He has played in 67 career AHL games, all with the Syracuse Crunch, netting six goals and eight points with 149 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 27 career ECHL games with the Elmira Jackals, posting four goals and 11 points with 30 penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro, Kurtz appeared in 251 career games in the OHL between the Windsor Spitfires and Sudbury Wolves, scoring 71 goals and 143 points with 175 penalty minutes. Kurtz ranked second in goals (30) and fourth in points (46) with Sudbury in his final junior season (2009-10) while serving as team captain.
Troy Bodie – RW
Age: 27 / Height: 6’4” / Weight: 219
Birthplace: Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
Troy Bodie was drafted in the 9th Round (278th overall), of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. He has played in 254 career AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Springfield Falcons, Iowa Chops, San Antonio Rampage, Toronto Marlies and Syracuse Crunch, where he has combined for 37 goals and 71 points with 417 penalty minutes. Bodie has also played in 107 NHL games between the Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes, where he has netted six goals and 11 points with 141 penalty minutes. Bodie was a member of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets from 2002-06 where he participated in the Memorial Cup tournament in 2003, 2004 and 2005, winning the prestigious Memorial Cup in 2004. Bodie was signed to an AHL Standard Player’s Contract with the Admirals on September 21st.
Josh Brittain – LW
Age: 22 / Height: 6’4” / Weight: 210
Birthplace: Milton, Ontario
Josh Brittain was chosen by the Anaheim Ducks in the 3rd round (71st overall), of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 51 career AHL games, all with the Syracuse Crunch, recording two goals and seven points with 85 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 47 career ECHL games with the Elmira Jackals, registering eight goals and 16 points with 96 penalty minutes. As a teenager, Brittain won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2008 Under-18 IIHF World Junior Championships. Outside of hockey, Brittain plays the bass guitar and also won five championships in eight years of racing go-karts. Brittain was assigned to the Admirals by the Anaheim Ducks on September 14th.
Luca Caputi – LW
Age: 23 / Height: 6’3” / Weight: 200
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Luca Caputi was selected in the 4th Round (111th overall pick) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has played in 193 AHL games between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Toronto Marlies and Syracuse Crunch, scoring 54 goals and 122 points with 165 penalty minutes. Caputi has also played in 35 NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins, recording three goals and nine points with 20 PIM. Caputi was originally acquired by Anaheim in a trade with the Maple Leafs on January 3, 2012, in exchange for winger Nicolas Deschamps. He was qualified as a restricted free agent by the Ducks last June. Caputi signed an AHL Standard Player’s Contract with the Admirals on September 21st.
Corey Elkins – C
Age: 27 / Height: 6’2” / Weight: 214
Birthplace: West Bloomfield, Michigan
Corey Elkins signed as a free agent with the Ducks on July 9th. Last season, he appeared in 26 games with HC Pardubice in the Czech Republic, netting six goals and 13 points. Prior to playing in Europe, Elkins played 149 AHL games with the Manchester Monarchs, netting 39 goals and 87 points with 53 penalty minutes. He also played in three NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, scoring one goal. Elkins was undrafted out of The Ohio State University where he played four seasons, posting 27 goals and 60 points in 102 games with the Buckeyes. He was assigned to the Admirals by Anaheim on September 14th.
Emerson Etem – LW
Age: 20 / Height: 6’0” / Weight: 190
Birthplace: Long Beach, California
The Anaheim Ducks drafted Emerson Etem in the 1st Round (29th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Following the conclusion of his junior career last season, Etem joined the Syracuse Crunch, where he posted one goal in two regular season games and two goals in four Calder Cup Playoff games. Last season with the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers, Etem led the Canadian Hockey League (WHL, OHL and QMJHL) in goals (61), becoming the first player in over 10 years to score 60 or more goals in a WHL season. Emerson is not the only athlete in his family, as his mother, Patricia, rowed at the 1984 Olympics and four World Championships, his father, Rick, rowed for the Naval Academy in college and his older brother, Martin, rowed for the U.S. Under-23 national team. Etem was assigned to the Admirals by Anaheim on September 14th.
Jay Rosehill – LW
Age: 27 / Height: 6’3” / Weight: 217
Birthplace: Olds, Alberta
The Tampa Bay Lightning drafted Jay Rosehill in the 7th Round (277th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He continued to play for the Olds Grizzlys of the AJHL in the 2003-04 season. The next season, he played for University of Minnesota Duluth of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. For most of the next four seasons, he was placed in the Tampa Bay Lightning farm system, playing for both Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL and the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Due to new Tampa Bay farm system affiliations, he played for Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL and the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League in 2007-08 & 2008-09. On March 10, 2009, his was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization for future considerations. Rosehill started the 2009–10 NHL season on the starting roster for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and in his third game, he scored his first NHL goal against Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rosehill signed a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO) with the Admirals on October 3, 2012.