The Nashville Predators have effectively sent the Milwaukee Admirals team off to Milwaukee. The Predators reduced their training camp roster by 23 names late this afternoon. The lone name not heading to Milwaukee will be Yakov Trenin who is set to join his junior team Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL). Meanwhile, Kevin Fiala looks as if his 2015-16 season will start in the AHL with the Admirals as he is part of the 22 names heading to Milwaukee’s training camp which starts on Tuesday.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (September 26, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has assigned goaltenders Marek Mazanec and Brandon Whitney; defensemen Conor Allen, Johan Alm, Trevor Murphy, Jonathan Diaby, Mikko Vainonen, Jaynen Rissling, Kristian Nakyva, Taylor Aronson, Jimmy Oligny and Garrett Noonan; and forwards Kevin Fiala, Miikka Salomaki, Joe Pendenza, Felix Girard, Pontus Aberg, Vladislav Kamenev, Max Reinhart, Max Gortz, Frederick Gaudreau and Eric Robinson to Milwaukee (AHL). The team also assigned 2015 second-round draft pick Yakov Trenin to his junior team (Gatineau, QMJHL).
Nashville’s training camp roster is now at 28 players – 17 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. An updated roster is attached.
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A name that you may have noticed isn’t coming back, at least not yet, is Viktor Arvidsson. There’s still plenty of time for names to trickle down to Milwaukee. For example, Anthony Bitetto is also still with the Nashville camp at the moment. Still, it is impressive to see that for all the Steve Moses buzz and whether or not Fiala can challenge him for a wing role he has been surpassed in the pre-season by Arvidsson. I’d point to age being a small factor but, no matter how it was going to shake out, the internal competition at forward right now should only mean great things across the entire organization.
Surprised to see Fiala end up starting this season with the Admirals? What percentage of Fiala’s season do you expect will be spent in the AHL? Can Arvidsson make the Predators opening day roster?