News Journal Correspondent
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Jordan Krestanovich’s professional disappointment is a cause for optimism among the Pensacola Ice Pilots.
The speedy winger leads the club with 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) and two game-winning goals. But if it were up to him, Krestanovich wouldn’t be wearing an Ice Pilots sweater for Friday’s important ECHL South Division 7:05 p.m. showdown against Gwinnett, Ga., at the Pensacola Civic Center.
It’s nothing personal against Pensacola. But in his fourth professional season, Krestanovich expected to be back in the American Hockey League, if not the National Hockey League, this season.
Last year at this time, Krestanovich was playing for the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. Then, a different type of cascade disrupted what had been a smooth transition from junior hockey to the professional ranks.
In March, while playing for Colorado’s AHL club in Hershey, Pa., Krestanovich was dealt from the Colorado organization to the Minnesota Wild organization at the trading deadline. The Wild assigned him to their AHL team in Houston, where Krestanovich finished last season and expected to return this season.