The Nashville Predators today announced that they have recalled center Chris Mueller from the Milwaukee Admirals. Per the team’s press release:
Mueller, 27 (3/6/86), leads the Admirals in goals (18), and is second on the club in points (36) in 2012-13. The West Seneca, N.Y., native has appeared in 19 games for the Predators dating back to the 2010-11 season, posting three assists. A season ago, the Michigan State University alum tied for fifth in the American Hockey League in goals (32), becoming the first Milwaukee Admiral since 2006-07 to score 30 goals in a season.
This is the third consecutive season that has seen Chris Mueller called up for a stint with the Nashville Predators. He picked up three assists in 15 games in 2010-11 but no points in four games last season before being sent back down to Milwaukee.
Mueller is the latest forward to get a chance to play for the Preds due ton somebody else’s injury. The Preds lost Paul Gaustad with an upper-body injury last night for the third time this year, and there’s no word yet on exactly when he’ll be returning. In his absence, Mueller will help to fill the gap at center.
The team will be hoping he can bring some scoring flair, too. His 36 points in Milwaukee this season have been split evenly between goals and assists. I can already imagine Barry Trotz putting him between Rich Clune and Sergei Kostitsyn on the fourth line. Though the way things have been going lately, with Barry Trotz juggling the lines so often, he could just as easily end up on the top line with Zach Boychuk and Brandon Yip.