Now the earlier news makes some sense. The Nashville Predators have recalled Kevin Fiala and Cody Bass from the Milwaukee Admirals. The Predators have also placed Colin Wilson on injured reserve. This comes not too long after AHL Transactions cited Viktor Arvidsson returning to the Milwaukee Admirals and Garrett Noonan being reassigned to the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL).
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (January 13, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday that the club has recalled forwards Kevin Fiala and Cody Bass from Milwaukee (AHL), reassigned forward Viktor Arvidsson to the Admirals, and placed forward Colin Wilson on Injured Reserve.
Fiala, 19 (7/22/96), has 12 points (4g-8a) in his last 13 games, and is tied for the Admirals team lead in assists (15) and ranks third in points (21) in 34 AHL games this season. The St. Gallen, Switzerland, native has appeared in a pair of contests for the Predators – a 3-2 overtime win against Montreal on March 24, 2015, and in Game Four of the 2015 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Chicago, the longest game in franchise history. Nashville’s first choice, 11th overall (first round), in the 2014 Entry Draft, Fiala started the 2014-15 season with HV-71 of the Swedish Hockey League before being assigned to Milwaukee (AHL) following the World Junior Championship, recording 17 points (9g-8a) in his first 26 AHL games.
Bass, 29 (1/7/87), played in his first two games for the Predators on Dec. 1 vs. Arizona and Dec. 3 vs. Florida, going scoreless while averaging 6:31 of ice time. In 21 games for the Admirals this season, the Owen Sound, Ontario, native has five points (1g-4a) and 50 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 205-pound center has appeared in 51 career NHL games with Nashville, Ottawa (where he was a teammate of Mike Fisher) and Columbus, posting five points (2g-3a) and 71 penalty minutes. Ottawa’s third choice, 95th overall (fourth round), in the 2005 Entry Draft, Bass helped the Binghamton Senators win the 2011 Calder Cup as AHL champions, in addition to winning the 2011 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, as presented annually to the AHL’s man of the year for service to his local community.
Fiala has had a rocky 2015-16 season to say the least. What should be noted is that right now things are trending more upward that anything else. Bass is a mere two-games into his return from a month long “upper-body” injury. Might I suggest reading more on these two lads in my recently published 2015-16 Mid-Season Report Card for much more detail on both?
Was Fiala the right candidate for the Predators or do you feel they’re just in need of a spark at this point and Fiala is their best option of that? How will Fiala do at the NHL level and has he put himself under the microscope considering his self made build up to make the Predators out of camp and now this is finally his chance to stick around for a bit?