The Nashville Predators have recalled Pontus Åberg from the Milwaukee Admirals ahead of their opening round matching against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Åberg made his NHL debut with the Predators during their playoff run last season.
It was a tad confusing as to why Åberg wasn’t in the lineup last night for the Admirals when they finished off their three-in-three weekend on the road against the Iowa Wild. This is the answer to that and it is a recall that is very well deserved. Åberg is having the best season of his career and is contributing across the board for the Admirals in the AHL this season. He leads the Admirals with 52 points (31 goals, 21 assists) in 56 games.
Åberg’s 31 goals scored made him just the fourth Admiral in the AHL history of the team to hit the 30 goal plateau behind the likes of Darren Haydar (2005-06), Rich Peverley (2006-07), and Chris Mueller (2011-12). He is currently tied for the AHL league lead in goal scoring alongside Wade Megan of the Chicago Wolves. Were Åberg to top the league lead in goal scoring he would be the first Admiral to accomplish the feat since Danny Lecours lead the IHL in 1982-83.
It has felt like every night Åberg has been playing for the Admirals this season he has been among the top players on the ice. Not only has his offense been great but his speed and skill translates into very smart defending that has helped translate into even more offense. This is a contract season for the 23-year old Swede. He has done everything he possibly can to make sure that the Predators aren’t going to want to let him leave. And this recall for the playoffs is an awfully good sign that the organization hasn’t lost him in the shuffle.
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