Joonas Lyytinen has officially been reassigned by the Nashville Predators back to the Milwaukee Admirals. The Finnish defenseman had been playing for the Atlanta Gladiators in the ECHL for the past week. He scored a goal and an assist while recording five shots on goal in last night’s 6-2 win for Atlanta.
It has been a frequent flier miles kind of season for Lyytinen’s North American pro debut campaign. He made his 2017-18 debut with the Norfolk Admirals in the ECHL. He has since cycled back and forth between the AHL and ECHL. His numbers in the ECHL between Norfolk and Atlanta have been really good: 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) in 8 games. He has yet to record a point of offense in 7 appearances in the AHL so far this season.
Following last night’s 4-2 loss for Milwaukee I can’t help but wonder if this move is in reaction to going back to a more traditional left shot paired with a right shot defensive structure that head coach Dean Evason seems to enjoy working with. When they play tomorrow night at home against the Iowa Wild it will be fascinating to see whether or not Lyytinen is immediately included into the squad.
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