Yesterday we had the news in regards to Viktor Stålberg being placed on waivers by the Nashville Predators. The waivers process was completed and he was assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals. Then came an M. Night Shyamalan level twist and he is heading right back to Nashville after Paul Gaustad was placed on injured reserved this afternoon.
Stålberg’s last twenty-four hours sort of sum up his season, quite possible his entire tenure, with the Predators. What a wild ride. This season he has played only 5 games in the NHL and has no offensive output to speak of. This may come through the injuries he started off with and tried to work out, but it just hasn’t gone well for him ever since he signed that four-year $12 million contract back in the summer of 2013.
Were he to have joined the Admirals, which he was about to, he would have been joining a team that he played 4 games with and tallied 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) before Brennan Evans decided to layeth the smackdown knee on knee to sideline him until this point in the season. Now that Gaustad is on IR, due to a lower-body injury that has kept him out the past three games, it is up to Stålberg to show not just the Predators he deserves his place on the roster… but each and every team in the NHL who didn’t claim him just what they were missing.
Thoughts on this wild ride for Viktor Stålberg? With the injury to Paul Gaustad, was Stålberg the ideal candidate to be called up to the NHL off the Milwaukee Admirals pool of players?