The Nashville Predators have made three more roster cuts that include Joe Piskula, Johan Alm, and Kevin Fiala. The two defensemen are set to join the Milwaukee Admirals while the young winger is heading back to his previous team HV-71 of the Swedish Hockey League.
This news comes just ahead of tonight’s pre-season opener for the Milwaukee Admirals as they take on the Rockford IceHogs at the MSOE Kern Center. It’s uncertain as to whether or not either Piskula or Alm will be inserted right into action tonight. With so many defenseman in camp right now I would be surprised to see a rush job versus utilizing the d-men that have been practicing these last two days in Milwaukee.
As for Fiala, this news doesn’t entirely surprise me. He is 18-years old and this move is not unlike what Filip Forsberg did when he stayed with Leksands IF. It allowed Forsberg one more year to mature and he produced 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) from 38 games in the SHL. I feel the Predators have a great talent in Fiala. I also feel there isn’t a need to throw him right into the fire just yet. It will be worth monitoring his progress in Sweden this season to see how he develops and handles his season overseas.
With the amount of defensemen in Milwaukee right now – who do you see missing out on the AHL roster? Was it the right move for the Nashville Predators to send Kevin Fiala back to Europe this season?