Prior to the start of tonight’s Milwaukee Admirals road game against the Grand Rapids Griffins they lost two forwards. Miikka Salomäki and Viktor Stålberg were both recalled to the Nashville Predators in response to injury woes taking place with the Ads parent club. It hasn’t been made official by either the Predators or Admirals as of yet.
Matt Cullen, Taylor Beck, and James Neal are all banged up at the moment for the Predators. This paves the way for Salomäki’s first career NHL call up. The Finn was certainly pushing his case last season to achieve his first taste of the NHL. He scored 50 points (20 goals, 30 assists) in 75 games to lead the Admirals in scoring during the 2013-14 season.
This season Salomäki has recorded 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists) in 29 games, has a plus/minus rating of +13, and 26 penalty minutes. In 10 games last month he scored 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) and missed 2 games due to illness.
Stålberg will look to get into his first game for the Predators since October 25th when the Pittsburgh Penguins shutout the Preds 3-0. Since he has had a rehab stint in Milwaukee, was injured on the last game of that rehab stint, was placed on waivers, cleared waivers, was assigned to the Admirals, called up, sent down, and is now being called back up. His AHL stats for the Admirals has seen him score 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 6 games.
Thoughts? What do you make of Miikka Salomäki being selected by Nashville for his first NHL call up?