Yesterday the Nashville Predators placed Viktor Stålberg on waivers. The twenty-four hour waiver process has come and gone. And, according to Elliotte Friedman, for the second time this season Stålberg has cleared waivers. He should be assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals for his next tour of duty and could play as early as tomorrow night.
Officially it would be his sixth reassignment to the Admirals this season. Remember the last one? I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t because it was a rather sneaky one. With numbers tight up top, and Shea Weber potentially out with illness, the Predators called up Taylor Aronson and sent down Stålberg. Knowing that it was a one night deal for Aronson meant Stålberg never even left Nashville. It was purely a paper transaction on the part of the Predators to maintain their roster numbers. With bodies getting healthy and trades getting done this move should surprise no one.
This season with the Admirals Stålberg has scored 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists), has a plus/minus rating of +3, and 10 penalty minutes in 14 games. For the Predators this season he has only managed to get into 11 games and has 4 assists and 10 penalty minutes.
The return of Stålberg would actually signal yet another sad sight. With him joining the Admirals it should push Zach Budish out of the lineup yet again. I say it’s sad only because the Admirals are a staggering 18-0-1-1 when Budish plays. That’s 38 points out of a possible 40 points in 20 games. It’s the single most entertaining stat that has happened all season and it may go on the back burner once again.
Is Stålberg destined to be the go-to forward call up choice for the Predators from this point on? Does anyone know the amount of frequent flyer miles this guy has put up this season?