Broadcaster Aaron Sims will not be the only one making the trip east from Minnesota. Taylor Beck will be back in town as well tonight when the Admirals play the Utica Comets.
The 22-year-old’s latest stint in Nashville lasted five games (now seven NHL games on the year), from January 26 through February 6. During the stretch Beck registered zero points, four PIMs and had a minus-one rating while averaging 12:27 of ice time. The St. Catherines native’s most time on ice this season (15:45) came in a 5-1 loss to Edmonton in the first game of his most latest promotion, which started on January 22.
So far this season Beck’s offensive prowess at the AHL level has failed to translate over to the NHL with the Predators. The 2009 third-round pick is providing .77 points of offense per game with Milwaukee and ranks third on the team in scoring with 11 goals and 27 points in 35 games. Only rookie Filip Forsberg’s .78 ranks higher.
Simon Moser, who will represent Switzerland in the Winter Olympics (Read my feature on Moser, Josi and the Swiss here), remains with the Predators after playing 10:04 in 15 shifts during last night’s overtime loss to Minnesota.
So Roundtable . . . Are you happy to see Taylor Beck back in Milwaukee? Does his latest NHL stint mean that someone else, likely Colton Sissons, a healthy Austin Watson or Filip Forsberg, instead of Beck, might be the next in line for a call up? Are you surprised that it was Beck that was sent down and not Moser?