AHL Game Night 12/8: Penguins at Admirals

Where was this Adam Henrich two years ago?

WBS-3
NOR-5

Karri Ramo stopped 28 of 31 shots for the win to even his record at 2-2-0 on the season. It does not escape notice that the decision to play Karri back to back nights after facing a barrage in Philadelphia smacks of an organization rushing Karri back into game condition for a possible recall to Tampa.

First Period
NOR Milley, (7) (Henrich, Jancevski), 6:23
WBS Stone, (2) (Smith, Ardelan), 18:48

Second Period
NOR Klinkhammer, (3) (Henrich, Wanvig), 6:34
WBS Taffe, (12) (Filewich), 19:22

Third Period
NOR Keller, (5) (Jancevski, Henrich), 0:24 (PP)
NOR Henrich, (5) (Leach, Keller), 8:23
WBS Bonvie, (1) (James, Taffe), 12:25
NOR Stewart, (6) (Milley), 19:59 (EN)

What the hell has gotten into Adam Henrich? Adding his ridiculous 1 goal and 3 assist night tonight in with the rest of his production since getting called up from Wheeling of the ECHL and the former 2002 2nd round pick is now sitting with 5 goals and 11 points in 6 games this season. Are you kidding?

Also picking up his production of late is diminutive Justin Keller who dropped 1 goal and 1 assist tonight. In his past 9 games, Keller has 4 goals and 10 points. That may not be Adam Henrich type production (are you kidding!?!?), but it's pretty impressive nonetheless.

Seriously, if Adam Henrich really comes off the scrap heap to finally fulfill his potential Steve Stirling ought to be named not just AHL Coach of the Year, but Coach of the Galaxy for Infinity. I would've never entertained the notion of Henrich earning another contract in a million years, but how can the organization ignore this kind of production right now? At bare minimum you'd have to think Henrich is in line to get his PTO formalized into a full AHL contract with the Ads.

The Admirals improved to 10-13-3 on the season and while their 23 points put them at second to last in the division, they are just 3 points behind Binghamton for the final playoff spot in the division.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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Possibly Looking Up

If we could just do better on the road, we would really be in the thick of the division standings. As it is, we are only 3 points out of a playoff spot, so any degree of moderate success on the road will be a big boost.

When first Darche and then MacDonald were recalled, the big question was who was going to pick up the scoring slack. And fortunately for us a number of guys have stepped up. Justin Keller is very quietly adding to his scoring tally and Blair Jones is doing well.

But I guess the early frontrunner for comeback of the year award has to be Adam Henrich. The Bolts gave him up for dead after last season, not without some justification. No other team thought he was worthy and he couldn't even get at the start of the season an AHL 2 way contract. Starts out very well at Wheeling, and then gets a PTO in Norfolk. And he has been on fire since. He's not just scoring goals, but is dishing out assists as well. If he may cool off a bit, but if he can stay reasonably close in his production, he would be deserving of an AHL contract.

I know he's scoring, but how

I know he's scoring, but how is Adam playing away from the puck? Besides his sub-par NHL skating, there's a couple of things that have dogged him developmentally.

The Lightning know he can score, and he's done during his career as a prospect, but consistency has been a big issue. Is he battling for the puck, going into the high traffic areas and putting his body on the line to make a play? At times he's been a perimeter player and unwilling to make the effort away from the puck.

As big as a supporter of Henrich as I am, honestly three things that are important for him to do:

1. Improve his skating
2. Play in the high traffic area to get his chances (not just breakaways and perimeter play)
3. Must be consistent -- 100% every shift, every night

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