As Nashville spends the day making travel arrangements for Vancouver, the Predators will have a couple of Milwaukee Admirals joining them for their first ever trip to the second round. This morning defenseman Teemu Laakso and goaltender Chet Pickard were recalled.
Pickard is likely heading up for emergency reasons/practice fodder as Nashville looks plenty set in goal for the playoffs. Obviously, Pickard was not seeing much ice time in Milwaukee and Cincinnati’s season came to an end at the hands of Reading on April 9, so the Cyclones were not an option.
However, if Laakso stays up with Nashville for any significant period of time it would be a crushing blow for Milwaukee. Laakso was outstanding against the Texas Stars in the first round of the AHL playoffs, racking up a plus six rating while contributing two points. If this recall lasts beyond Friday, the question is who will step in to absorb Teemu’s significant minutes along the Admirals’ blueline?
So Roundtable: If you were Milwaukee coach Lane Lambert, how would you adjust the Admirals’ lineup to replace Teemu Laakso?