Predators: Here’s to Hoping Yakov Trenin Can Stick Around This Time

I’ve been desperately waiting for one of these AHL call-ups to stick on the Nashville Predators roster. Yakov Trenin might have the most promise.

Trenin gets another shot on the Nashville Predators roster tonight against the New Jersey Devils. He’s played in just one career NHL game, and that was back in mid-October.

In his NHL debut, Trenin logged 12:35 of ice time, one hit and two penalty minutes. He was kept pretty quiet, as you can understand for the 22-year-old playing in his first game. With that said, he’s absolutely crushing it in the AHL for the Milwaukee Admirals right now.

Trenin is on a ridiculous goal pace for the Admirals with 14 goals in 19 games. We have to hope that he can translate just a fraction of that scoring punch to the NHL. That’s a really tough challenge to master early on in a players hockey career. Making that jump from the minor leagues to the NHL level is extremely difficult.

Trenin’s place on the roster

He naturally fits best on the fourth line when he’s in the lineup, but he’s getting this opportunity because of two key injuries to the Predators lineup. Viktor Arvidsson has been out for a little while now, and Mikael Granlund is going to miss his second-straight game, paving the way for Trenin.

Trenin now has his chance to make his impact and prove his case that he belongs on the NHL level right now. Can he provide the spark the Predators are looking for?

The Predators haven’t been shy about giving players from the AHL an opportunity this season. We’ve seen Daniel Carr, Mathieu Olivier and Steven Santini to name a few. Olivier stuck around for a little bit, but has since been reassigned to Milwaukee.

Originally everyone thought that Eeli Tolvanen would be the first to be called up if the Predators needed help from the Admirals. However, that hasn’t been the case as we haven’t seen Tolvanen yet this season.

According to lineup projections for tonight’s game with New Jersey, Trenin is going to be on the fourth line with Colton Sissons and Austin Watson. I like this spot for him with two veterans. They can make him better, and I expect this line to be chippy on the defensive end.

Tremendous jump in production

Trenin has made a major jump in his production for Milwaukee this season. Last season in 74 games he tallied 14 goals and 19 assists. He’s already matched that goal total in just 19 games. Incredible spike in production that makes him worthy of getting this chance in the NHL.

I’m hoping Trenin can offer something that keeps him in the lineup for the near future. At least until Arvidsson returns from injury, which could be for the remainder of December. It will be fun to see what he can provide tonight. How awesome would it be to see him get a goal and provide a big spark?

The Predators really need one of these AHL call-ups to work out and bring something new to this lineup. The Admirials have emerged as one of the top teams in the AHL with an 18-4-3 record and a double-digit point lead in their division. Their roster is stacked, and one of these players are bound to provide a boost to the Predators at some point this season.

Trenin is a physical forward that can provide both a defensive and offensive punch. He may not stick in the starting lineup once Arvidsson returns, but let’s hope he can help the team out until the roster gets one of their top scorers back, which may not be until January.