Interesting developments taking place before tonight’s game against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Reports are suggesting that the Nashville Predators have called up Simon Moser from the Milwaukee Admirals this morning.
Swiss sources indicating that Simon Moser has been recalled by the Predators. Nothing from the team just yet.
— Jim Diamond (@diamondhockey) February 1, 2014
No official conformation yet. Though, Moser has already been added to the team’s active roster on the team website. Official confirmation forthcoming? I suspect as much.
This season with the Admirals, Moser has played in 40 games and scored 25 points (8 goals, 17 assists), tallied 8 PIM’s, and has a plus/minus of +2. This would be his first ever taste of the National Hockey League. Prior to the Admirals, he had played in his native Switzerland for Martigny and primarily Langnau. He was one of the final roster cuts from Predators camp in the pre-season before heading to Milwaukee. According to Jim Diamond, he had an out clause in his contract allowing him to go back to his team in Switzerland if he wasn’t in NHL by December. That never manifested itself. And now Moser is an Olympian on his was to the NHL at the start of February en route to the Olympic break.
UPDATE: It’s official. He’ll be wearing his #21 with the Predators and make his NHL debut tonight.
— KWilsonPreds (@KWilsonPreds) February 1, 2014
There hasn’t been a counter move made yet by the Admirals. The top choice down in Cincinnati of the ECHL would have been Josh Shalla – but he took a puck to the face recently and missed last night’s game for the Cyclones. If you want to see the damage done to Shalla’s noggin – here’s the aftermath. If you want to see a less gruesome photo of the damage – here you go. Anyways, unclear as to his official status after sustaining that injury. With this potential recall for Moser taking place as quick as it is on a game day. I fully anticipate last night’s roster with Shalla’s buddy Zach Budish inserted into the lineup (he was the lone healthy scratch last night).
Thoughts on the call up? Think this will give Simon Moser a boost heading to Sochi? What should the Admirals do to get more bodies back in camp? Who are the options in Cincinnati you’d like up with the team or is another PTO on the horizon?