Predators defenseman Kevin Klein was sidelined with a “below the neck” injury last night, and as a result Mattias Ekholm has been called up to Nashville. He’ll play in tonight’s game against Vancouver.
Ekholm’s picked up 27 points in 55 games played for the Ads this season including six power play goals.
He joins Gabriel Bourque, Ryan Ellis, Taylor Beck and Craig Smith as the fifth member of Nashville’s 2009 draft class to play for the Preds in 2012-13.
Also, Milwaukee signed goaltender Ryan Zapolski to a pro tryout contract today. This will be the 26-year-old former Mercyhurst College standout’s first AHL stint, though he has 58 games of ECHL experience under his belt.
In 41 games for the South Carolina Stingrays this season, Zapolski compiled a record of 25-14-2, recording eight shutouts with an impressive .940 save percentage and a 1.39 goals against average.