This afternoon the Nashville Predators decided to throw a bit of a curveball my way by recalling Viktor Arvidsson from the Milwaukee Admirals instead of Kevin Fiala. It seemed as if Fiala was assigned to the Admirals with the NHL All-Star break in mind. Games around the NHL resume tomorrow so plenty of names who were put in the same spot as Fiala are getting recalled back to their parent clubs – just not him quite yet.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (February 1, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has recalled forward Viktor Arvidsson from Milwaukee (AHL).
Arvidsson, 22 (4/8/92), has five points (3g-2a) in 24 games for the Predators in 2015-16 after going scoreless in his first six career NHL contests a season ago. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound native of Skelleftea, Sweden’s first career goal was the game winner in Nashville’s season-opening victory over Carolina on Oct. 8, and he recorded back-to-back tallies on Dec. 5 at Detroit and Dec. 7 at Boston, with the latter also being a game-winning goal. Nashville’s fifth choice, 112th overall (fourth round), in the 2014 Entry Draft, Arvidsson has 18 points (8g-10a) in 17 games with the Admirals this season, with six of those markers coming on the power play. He was named to the 2015 AHL All-Rookie Team in his first season in North America after ranking third among league rookies and first on the Milwaukee Admirals in points (22g-33a-55pts).
For Arvidsson this will be his third spell up in the NHL this season. He started the 2015-16 campaign off with the Predators before returning to the Admirals and unleashing the longest point streak in the AHL this season that lasted thirteen-games. That saw him go back to the show before tailing off a touch and returning to the Admirals for what was only a three-game stint.
With the Predators this season Arvidsson has scored 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in 24 games. As a member of the Admirals this season he has been better that a point per game player by recording 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists) in 17 games. For those in Nashville wondering: Arvidsson only scored a goal in his recent stint with the Admirals that included missing two-games due to injury. That still didn’t stop him from rattling off 17 shots on goal in that small of a window. See Puck. Shoot Puck. Arvidsson logic.
Are you as surprised as I am that Viktor Arvidsson is getting recalled over Kevin Fiala? Is this a quick test to see if Arvidsson has regained some form to motor back at NHL pace?