The shuffling of the Nashville Predators roster continued today as the team assigned Matt Halischuk to its AHL affiliate. From the Preds’ press release:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned forward Matt Halischuk to Milwaukee (AHL) on a conditioning assignment. Halischuk remains on Nashville’s active roster during the conditioning stint.
Halischuk, 24 (6/1/88), has one assist and six penalty minutes in 16 games for the Predators this season. He last appeared with the Admirals during the 2010-11 season when he amassed 23 points (11g-12a) in 37 games.
Matt Halischuk originally came over in the trade that sent Jason Arnott to the New Jersey Devils. He was a role-player after being called up from Milwaukee late in the 2010-11 season but became a regular presence in 2011-12. He played in most of the team’s games (73) and tied for 8th on the team in goals (15) despite averaging just 11:15 each night.
This season, though averaging only 20 seconds less ice time, he’s been nearly invisible with a single point in 16 games. His conditioning assignment to Milwaukee will give him 14 days to play with the Admirals. At the end of that period the Nashville Predators will either have to bring him back to the NHL or place him on waivers.
Matt Halischuk is the second Nashville Predators player to be sent to Milwaukee on a conditioning assignment this season. The Preds sent Brian McGrattan down a few weeks ago and then placed him on waivers. Nobody claimed McGrattan and he remained with the Ads, but David Poile eventually traded him to Calgary for AHL defenseman Joe Piskula.