Harry Zolnierczyk has been officially recalled by the Nashville Predators from the Milwaukee Admirals. In addition, Anthony Bitetto has been activated from Injured Reserve by the Predators and assigned to the Admirals on a two week conditioning assignment. The Admirals also added forward Shawn O’Donnell from the Cincinnati Cyclones on a PTO Contract.
Zolnierczyk has 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) in 24 games this season for the Admirals. His efforts in December earned him our nod for Admiral of the Month. He has been a terrific spark plug for the Admirals this season. This will mark the second time that the Predators have recalled him. He logged a single game to this point for the Predators which came during the food poisoning game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bitetto has had awful luck this season. After a strong showing ahead of the 2016-17 season he was injured on opening night after a fight with Jordin Tootoo. He made his comeback following a conditioning assignment with the Admirals that saw him play a pair of games before going back up where he would break his hand and be sidelined yet again. With how the Admirals schedule is set, with a game tonight in Milwaukee and a California road swing this weekend, there is a chance that this will be Bitetto’s lone appearance on conditioning assignment before immediately returning to the Predators.
For O’Donnell this is the second time in which he has been added to the Admirals on a PTO Contract. Yet, in that first instance, he never actually played. That came during the scramble of the Predators food poisoning situation up top and enough players ended up being able to report back to the Admirals rendering O’Donnell as a healthy scratch that evening. He was part of the team’s Training Camp prior to the start of the 2016-17 season. He has 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 17 games for the Admirals ECHL affiliate the Cyclones this season and also has 128 career games of AHL experience.
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