For those who follow your Milwaukee Admirals birthdays well – you will know that today is Joe Piskula‘s birthday. What better present to receive the day before it than a one-year two-way contract from the Nashville Predators?
The Predators system is currently jammed with defensemen and, particularly here in Milwaukee, it is all youthful. The most senior player of the defensemen who destined to start for the Admirals, based on contracts prior to the Piskula deal, was Taylor Aronson with 26 AHL games under his belt. In short: that’s not good at all.
This signing not only allows for an experienced defender in Piskula to return to the Admirals next season to act as a mentor to the youthful defensive core around him. I feel this gives Nashville there Plan “A” from Milwaukee in the happenstance that injuries pile up. It happened its fair share last season, right? You almost need an option or two regardless of the NHL depth that you have in case of injuries. The question really becomes – if Piskula – who should be the next experienced man in the fold? My guess is, with all the left-handed defensemen on the roster, you will need a righty… preferably with good leadership skills… and someone who knows how to command a locker room… all in due time I suppose, eh?
What is your reaction to the re-signing of Joe Piskula? If Scott Ford doesn’t return to the Milwaukee Admirals next season could Piskula be the next captain? Does Nashville and Milwaukee need to add more experienced defensemen in? And, if so, does that defensemen really have to be Ford?