The Admirals won’t get the chance to defend their West Division crown come October, as the American Hockey League announced the 2011-2012 division alignment. Milwaukee, who was formerly part of the West Division, is now in the new Midwest Division in the Western Conference. Each of the six divisions consist of five teams, up from last years four divisions.
The Admirals will compete in the Midwest DIvision with the Charlotte Checkers, Chicago Wolves, Rockford Icehogs and Peoria Rivermen.
Also announced was the new playoff format for the 2011-2012 season:
The format for the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs was also approved by the Board of Governors. Eight teams in each conference will qualify for the postseason, with the three division winners earning the top three seeds and the next five best teams in order of regular-season points seeded fourth through eighth.
The conference quarterfinals will be best-of-five series; the conference semifinals, conference finals and Calder Cup Finals will be best-of-seven series. Teams will be re-ordered after the first round so that the highest-remaining seed plays the lowest-remaining seed. (from the American Hockey League website)
STORTINI RETURNS Former Admiral Zack Stortini has signed a one-year/two-way contract (worth $550,000 at the NHL-level and $75,000 at the AHL-level) with the Nashville Predators. The 25-year old Elliot Lake, Ontario played with the Admirals during the 2006 season, but was actually property of the Edmonton Oilers. Stortini was drafted by Edmonton 94th overall in the 2003 NHL draft, and played with the Oilers for the better part of five seasons.