Three cheers for Taylor Beck and Chris Mueller….Beck made his NHL debut last night, and Mueller netted his first NHL goal in the third period.
Let’s start with Mueller’s goal. Easy to post video evidence of it.
(Hmmm, having some issues embedding…just follow the link for now…)
It’s not that different than the kind of goal we have been seeing here for awhile. Major credit goes to Clune for winning that battle for the puck, and having the awareness to spot Mueller. And Mueller did a great job finding some open space on that rush, and was able to finish. Ata boy.
Taylor Beck’s night? Two shots, one hit, 14:49 time on ice. But not included in the highlight reels really. And I didn’t watch the game. So let’s get some insight from people who DID watch the game.
First, Dirk from On The Forecheck….
Outside of one shift in the third period, simply Beck didn’t stand out very much. Granted, Barry Trotz threw him right into the deep end of the pool, skating alongside Mike Fisher and Martin Erat, so we shouldn’t judge him too harshly. I would expect that once some of the forwards come back from Injured Reserve, Beck’s time in the lineup will be over, but with the NHL regular season running long this year, I imagine he’ll spend a lot of time practicing with the NHL squad once the AHL season completes. At the very least, that gives the Nashville staff a better idea of where he might fit in the fall.
Don’t rule the Admirals out of the playoffs yet!
And Jeremy from Section 303…
It was hard to tell whether or not Beck fit in because it wasn’t exactly an ideal situation for Nashville. This was a must-win game. They would be 1-4-0 on a crucial road trip if they lost and a more respectable 2-3-0 if they had won. Also, with a win, they would be on a good note entering the final stretch of the season in which they play 12 of their last 18 at Bridgestone Arena.
Some things I did notice, however: Beck has a huge frame. He’s certainly built like an NHL player. Second, Trotz gave him nearly 15:00 of ice-time in his debut, something rookies don’t usually get (Linus Klassen probably got 15:00 total over a few games with the Preds a couple years ago). So there were some positives.
That being said, I really feel we’ll get to see the true Beck on THR against the Calgary Flames. It’s a home game, the slumping Predators are trying to hit the reset button and it won’t be his 1st NHL game so the jitters and anxiety should be gone. Or, at least, be a different kind.
So Roundtable, how long do you think Beck and Mueller will be up there with the big club? Who do you think gets sent back first?
Defenseman Jeff Foss has been cleared to play hockey after tearing his ACL in the pre-season game against Rockford many moons ago. He’s already been assigned to the Cyclones in the ECHL to get back in hockey shape.
So what happens when he is back in hockey shape? Is there a spot for him to play in Milwaukee? And if he does play, who sits? Do you think Valentine has earned his healthy scratches lately? Would playing time be at the expense of Bitetto? If Bartley was sent back down, who would you like your 6 D to be?
Dirk has a piece up about a report that Zach Boychuk has been placed on waivers. Maybe we’ll find out that he’ll be claimed by another team tomorrow — it’d be his 4th NHL team this season. (It’s like he’s Jesse Orosco or something…..) Or maybe he’ll be assigned to Milwaukee, and we may get a guy who had 21 goals in 64 games for the Charlotte Checkers last year….just in time to play them three more times this season.
Mike Commodore signed a PTO with the Texas Stars. He chose #33. Disappointing. It’s not like he’s got to fight Victor Bartley for #64. Come on. At this point in your career, give the fans what they want! Anyone have a favorite game from the Commodore 64? I was a fan of Jumpman.