The Nashville Predators have activated defenseman Petter Granberg off injured reserve and sent him on conditioning assignment to the Milwaukee Admirals.
Like all conditioning assignments the max amount of time Granberg can be with the Admirals at the AHL level is fourteen consecutive days. Today included, it would mean Granberg has until December 22nd. That can allow for up to seven games with the Admirals should he immediately be introduced to the lineup tonight when the Admirals play on the road against the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (December 9, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday that the club has activated defenseman Petter Granberg from the non-roster list and sent him on a conditioning assignment to Milwaukee (AHL). Granberg was claimed on waivers on Nov. 22.
Granberg, 23 (8/27/92), has yet to suit up in 2015-16 due to offseason surgery, but has eight NHL games to his credit with the Maple Leafs (0 pts, 6 penalty minutes) and 126 AHL games with the Toronto Marlies (3g-19a-22pts, 58 penalty minutes) since his first North American professional season in 2013-14. Prior to crossing the Atlantic, the 6-foot-3, 201-pound blueliner split time between Skelleftea’s Swedish Hockey League and Junior League teams, winning an SHL title in 2013, and earning silver medals in 2011 and 2012.
Toronto’s fourth selection, 116th overall (fourth round), in the 2010 Entry Draft, Granberg helped team Sweden win the 2013 World Championship (along with Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok) and the 2012 World Junior Championship (along with Predators forward Filip Forsberg), as well as earning a silver medal at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship.
Granberg was acquired by the Predators off of waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs towards the end of November. It was a curious move then. It was a curious move now. The Predators had Victor Bartley and Anthony Bitetto on their roster at the time they claimed Granberg off waivers but have since put Bartley through waivers and assigned him to the Admirals. When all resets, and Granberg returns following his conditioning assignment, the Predators should be back in a position where they have two extra defensemen in their ranks.
To this point in his career, Granberg has mainly played at the AHL level with the Toronto Marlies in his North American pro playing career: 126 games, 22 points (3 goals, 19 assists), 58 penalty minutes, and a plus/minus rating of +33. He has 8 games of NHL experience as well as 74 games played for Skellefteå in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). When he suits up for the first time as a member of the Milwaukee Admirals he will be wearing the #5.