The Nashville Predators roster is starting to take shape as the season opener fast approaches.
Nashville reduced their training camp roster by three today, assigning forward and 2014 first-round draft pick Kevin Fiala and defensemen Johan Alm and Joe Piskula to their respected teams.
The Predators released the following statement regarding the reduction of the roster:
Nashville, Tenn. (October 3, 2014) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned defensemen Johan Alm and Joe Piskula to the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals and sent 2014 first-round pick Kevin Fiala back to HV-71 of the Swedish Hockey League.
Nashville heads into its final 2014 preseason game at Columbus tomorrow night (6 p.m. CT, 102.5 The Game) with a roster consisting of 25 players – 16 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
Of the 28 players on the training camp roster at the start of today, the three players assigned to their respective teams come as no surprise.
Fiala, who only turned 18-years-old in July, already made it no secret that he would return to Sweden if he did not make the 23-man roster come opening night.
As the announcement says, Fiala will return home to HV-71 of the Swedish Hockey League, which is arguably one of the best hockey leagues in the world. The young forward had 13 points in 22 total games last season with HV-71.
Having signed an entry-level contract with the Predators in May, defenseman Johan Alm will be seeing his first action in North America this season as a member of the Admirals blue-line. The left-handed 22-year-old has one season in the Swedish Hockey League under his belt, playing 30 games with Skelleftea AIK where he tallied seven-points.
As for Joe Piskula. the defenseman is entering his 12th professional hockey season. Piskula played most of his hockey with the Admirals last season as he saw action in 73 games where he totalled for 23 points and a +20 +/- rating. Piskula played two-games in Nashville last season with the Predators. Piskula would most likely be the first defenseman called-up to the Predators this season in the situation of an injury to a member of the big-club.
The Predators must reduce their roster to 23 players by opening night which is Thursday, October 9.
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