Bang, Watson and Ekholm sent back down to Milwaukee

Photo Courtesy of Scott Paulus
Photo Courtesy of Scott Paulus

The Admirals got a big boost to their roster for tonight’s game against Chicago.

The Predators sent down Daniel Bang, Austin Watson and Mattias Ekholm today, just a day after after recalling Ekholm for a matchup with Vancouver.

Here’s the official statement from the Predators:

“Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned forwards Daniel Bang and Austin Watson, in addition to defenseman Mattias Ekholm to Milwaukee (AHL).

Bang has played in Nashville’s last four games – his first four NHL contests – recording two points. Watson has gone without a point in his first five contests dating back to his NHL debut on April 7. Ekholm logged 16:05 in his first NHL game of the season on Monday night against Vancouver after being recalled earlier in the day.”

While all three players will likely be in the lineup tonight against Chicago, there’s more than  a good chance they could all be sent right back up to Nashville after the game. At any rate, the Ads will be reloaded and ready to go in a huge game tonight against the Wolves.

So Roundtable are you excited to get three big pieces back?

What do you think motivated the Preds to send them down? With Nashville out of the NHL playoff hunt, do you think Milwaukee’s season becomes more important to the organization? There are plenty of guys on the Preds who could come down and see time in the AHL playoffs.

Do you think they’ll all head back up right after the game?

6 thoughts on “Bang, Watson and Ekholm sent back down to Milwaukee”

  1. What motivated the Preds to send them down? Simple. The next Preds game isn’t until Friday, and a few of the injured are almost ready to return. Yip and Klein returning to practice tomorrow, and Fisher and Hornqvist will skate on their own, per John Glennon of the Tennessean.

  2. If Nashville wants players to get playoff experience this year, they will need to send guys to Milwaukee. My guess is that 2 of the 3 arrivals will stay here until the end of the season.

  3. At this point I think the only one who would go back up would be Bang. Watson has not produced. He is young so that is not a cut on him. Ekholm will get another chance with the Preds next season. I have little doubt Bartley will not be back except for the playoffs-if the Ads make it far enough for him to come back after the NHL season is over. Same for Mueller, but he will be in a different organization next year. I do not see Nashville signing him again this summer.

  4. Nice to have them back. I hope they play the last 3 meaningless games with the Preds and then we get them all back and a few extras.

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