Ahead of tonight’s Nashville Predators game at home against the Colorado Avalanche they’ve made a roster move. Anthony Bitetto will be returning to the Milwaukee Admirals. Our defensive core is starting to get its numbers back and bodies healthier all of the sudden.
Bitetto has played 7 games in the NHL this season with the Predators. He hasn’t picked up points on offense yet but has a plus/minus rating of -1 and 7 penalty minutes – all of which came from his fight with Brett Connolly in his Nashville home playing debut. I would go as far as to say that his highlight so far would be getting the start in the Nassau Coliseum against the New York Islanders. Had to be quite a cool moment for a guy from Island Park, New York to be able to do that.
With Bitetto back the Admirals defensive numbers just went up. Jimmy Oligny is expected to return this weekend. There’s a good chance Ian White also rejoins the team. And Johan Alm should be closing in on a return from his lengthy injury as well. Jared Nightingale‘s services were no longer required. Jaynen Rissling was returned to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. If the bodies keep getting healthy, looking at you now Joe Piskula, it could mean seeing Garrett Noonan returning to Cincinnati. I feel as if the team would rather keep guys on the outside looking in to play big minutes in the ECHL rather than not at all. How the team pans out once Oligny, Alm, and Piskula are all back to game shape is a tricky question to figured out actually. Good problem to have that depth, though.
How big of a boost will it be to have the names mentioned above returning to the Admirals soon? How big of a loss was Johan Alm to the Admirals this season and will having him return fresh for the playoff push be a massive bonus to the team? Is Ian White possibly an odd man out with the names above due to return?