Top of the mornin’ Roundtable. Let’s dig into our weekly column with something out of the rumor mill.
Simon Moser, who has yet to find an NHL or AHL contract, is possibly heading back home to Switzerland with SC Bern. A news story on Swiss Hockey News has a quote from the Olympian and former Predators property:
“It looks like, I will start the season with SC Bern. I have not given up hope that there will be a spot for me in the NHL, but at the moment the rosters are almost full and as I was told, they do not have enough confidence in me that I could start in the NHL right away.” ~Simon Moser
With the Nashville Predators stocking up on forwards this off-season a spot for Moser just isn’t feasible. His NHL competition in Nashville right now would be Gabriel Bourque, Taylor Beck, Rich Clune, and Calle Jarnkrok. Add to the prospects that are filling up in Milwaukee and you’re left without much choice but to say, “pass.” Especially when you go deeper into the thought process from both sides of the table.
The Predators did tender a qualifying offer to Moser. He would have made league minimum. Yet, according to this article on that front, the two seem to disagree with where Moser is at as a player:
“To probably play almost a whole season again in the AHL, I view as a step back, which is why I will surely start in Bern. I will see what is going to happen the next one or two months, maybe an opportunity will arise, but otherwise I am sure I will make progress here in Bern as well.” ~Simon Moser
The story goes on to say that he was told by Nashville that they think he will be an NHL player – but probably in one or two years. If that really is the case, I hope that Moser isn’t taking that as a personal jab at his playing ability as much as he should the current state of the Nashville system. There just isn’t a place for him right now.
I feel that Moser showed great spells of form last season. He was well-rounded on both sides of the puck and produced 26 points (8 goals, 18 assists) with the Admirals in 48 games. He missed time for the Olympics, NHL duty with the Predators where he recorded a goal and an assist, and he was also injured in the late stages of the AHL season.
There are a few ways to view this. (1) At 25-years old, do the Nashville Predators really see Moser’s ceiling getting any higher than what it was last year? (2) For Moser, would accepting league minimum for a two-way contract really hurt your chances of earning an NHL roster spot with an excellent showing at the AHL level? (3) Remember Daniel Bang? He was in this exact same situation one year ago and opted to join Lausanne HC in Switzerland. Similar player in my book. Potentially a similar outcome with both joining the NLA.
It’ll be worth keeping an eye on the Moser situation. I’d expect him to be joining SC Bern for the 2014-15 season, though. It’s all a matter of time.
Should Simon Moser remain in North America even if it means another season of AHL hockey? What is Moser’s ceiling? Is last season about as much as you would expect out of Moser and would Nashville be best off by not having him on-board?