It has been a very unfortunate season for Miikka Salomäki. He broke his hand blocking a shot only two-games into the NHL season and ended up suffering a lower-body injury on his first period back in game action while on conditioning assignment in early December.
Today the Nashville Predators have announced that Salomäki will be joining the Milwaukee Admirals for the second time this season on a conditioning assignment. The duration of the stint can last no-longer than fourteen consecutive days and, with the structure of the Predators roster at the moment, it would be safe to assume the Finn stays for the full two weeks on assignment. It will allow Salomäki to get plenty of rust off and get sharp before the Predators are forced to make serious decisions with how they tinker with their NHL roster once he comes back fully fit.
In his career with the Admirals the native of Raahe, Finland has played a total of 118 games while producing 70 points (28 goals, 42 assists). He was the Admirals leading scorer during the 2013-14 season which was his first professional season playing in North America.
As a member of the Predators in the NHL, Salomäki has logged 64 games and has scored 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) while dishing out 177 hits in that time. The only player with more hits than him in Nashville last season was Shea Weber. Yet, one must wonder if recent injuries might mean the “bull in a china shop” nature needs to be roped in a little bit.
The extent of Salomäki’s stay would see him down for a maximum of 3 games.. That would afford him the chance to play tonight as well as Wednesday and next Friday. He will be wearing the #10 with the Admirals as his more familiar #20 is currently held by Derek Army.
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