Thunderbirds trade Adam Pardy to Milwaukee for three players

Eric Robinson, Teddy Doherty and Brandon Whitney heading to Springfield

The Florida Panthers AHL affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds, have traded veteran defenseman Adam Pardy to the Milwaukee Admirals for three players.

Pardy participated in Florida’s training camp on a PTO, but failed to win a spot on the big-league roster and signed an AHL contract with the Thunderbirds.

Coming back to Springfield in the deal are the unheralded trio of forward Eric Robinson, defenseman Teddy Doherty and goaltender Brandon Whitney. Whitney is the only one of the three who was drafted.

Robinson was the only player on Milwaukee’s roster at the time of the trade. The 26-year-old had an assist in one appearance with the Admirals this season. He also played three games with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones and tallied a goal. Robinson is in his second pro season after playing four years of NCAA hockey at Dartmouth.

Doherty is starting his first professional season after playing four years at Boston College. The 22-year-old has suited up in two games for the Cyclones so far this season and produced no points, collected 2 PIM and posted an even rating. He also played one game for the ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks at the end of last season after finishing school.

Whitney is a former seventh-round pick (191st overall in 2012) of the Chicago Blackhawks. The QMJHL-trained keeper went 9-8-1 with a 3.18 GAA and .891 save percentage for the Cyclones last season. After finishing his “Q” career in 2014-15, Whitney did get one start in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs and also appeared in five ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers.

It will be interesting to see if any of these players actually end up on Springfield’s roster. The team is deep on defense and in goal, so my guess is maybe we will see Robinson get a look.

The Panthers don’t have an ECHL affiliate, so it’s possible all three will remain with the Cyclones or they could be moved to the Manchester Monarchs, the affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, where the Thunderbirds (and Pirates last year) stash the few extra players they have not ready for the AHL.