The Nashville Predators have in fact made a trade today on NHL Trade Deadline Day. Although, the move itself isn’t so much for them as it is for the Milwaukee Admirals. The Predators have acquired defenseman Corey Potter from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for future considerations. He will be joining the Admirals at the AHL level.
This move makes a ton of sense for the Admirals. Potter is a right handed shooting defenseman and head coach Dean Evason was quick to praise the difference that balance of righties and lefties made for the defensive core. The organization added Stefan Elliott and Patrick Mullen to join Taylor Aronson to create that three right sided defensive make up. Following a particularly scary incident that saw Mullen have his right hand badly lacerated by a skate blade on 2/21/16 vs. Iowa – the Admirals have needed to revert back to a left-left pairing these past three-games. While certainly not a direct result of Mullen alone the Admirals have lost two of those three-games while Mullen has been out.
So, what will the Admirals be getting in Potter then exactly? They will be getting a 32-year old, highly experienced, right-handed shooting defenseman that can immediately join the team and be a provider. Potter has 129 career games of NHL experience with 32 points (8 goals, 24 assists) in time spent with the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, and Calgary Flames.
What he provides even more so is AHL experience. Potter has logged 404 games in the AHL and has 167 points (33 goals, 134 assists) in his career. For the 2015-16 season he has been playing in the Eastern Conference as a member of the Springfield Falcons where he has dressed for 52 games, has 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists), a plus/minus rating of +4, and 32 penalty minutes.
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