According to AHL Transactions this morning both Marek Mazanec and Corey Potter have been recalled by the Nashville Predators from the Milwaukee Admirals. The Predators are playing their regular season finale tonight on the road against the Dallas Stars while the Admirals also are on the road this weekend with two games against the Charlotte Checkers.
This can end the speculation around why the Admirals recalled Brandon Whitney from the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) yesterday. As for the move for Potter going up, of anything, it provides room for Jack Dougherty to make his professional playing debut tonight with the Admirals while giving the veteran Potter a trip up to the team that traded for him on the NHL’s Trade Deadline Day. The Admirals have gone 12-2-0-2 since Potter’s debut with the Admirals on 3/3/16.
Mazanec is enjoying his best season since arriving to North America from his native Czech Republic. In 38 appearances this season he has 19 wins with a 2.33 goals against average and 0.916 save percentage. Those are all career highs for his work in the AHL as a member of the Admirals and his 4 shutouts recorded this season match that of last season as a personal best. He was recalled under emergency conditions earlier this season but did not get to log any ice time during his time up with the Predators.
Potter has yet to play a game in the NHL this season. At the time he was acquired by the Predators he was playing for the Arizona Coyotes AHL affiliate the Springfield Falcons who are sitting at the bottom of the AHL’s Eastern Conference standings. In his career Potter has 129 games of NHL experience as a member of the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, and Calgary Flames. He has scored 32 points (8 goals, 24 assists) at the NHL level while also having produced 170 points (33 goals, 137 assists) from 420 career games in the AHL.
UPDATE: Per the Nashville Predators, Mazanec’s recall is listed as an emergency conditions recall while Potter’s is a bog standard recall.
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