Sherwood played in five games and scored the first goal of the NHL season when facing the San Jose Sharks in Prague. The Nashville Predators signed Sherwood this past offseason to a one-year, $750,000 deal.
So, who should the Predators recall? The right fit may be playing second line minutes on offense.
Nashville Predators Could Be Calling Back up Tomasino to NHL
The first name most fans will go to is Philip Tomasino. There’s a good shot he’ll return to the Predators during their road trip. Nashville still has stops in Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle and Colorado.
Tomasino played in 76 games last season scoring 32 points. After being sent to Milwaukee to begin this season he’s been lighting it up.
Through Tomasino’s first seven games he has seven points (5 G, 2 A). The Admirals were playing while the Sherwood news went down and Tomasino had one goal and one assist.
Tomasino would be a reliable callup after spending all of the 2021-22 season in Nashville.
An additional name is Mark Jankowski who leads the AHL squad with nine points in seven contests.
The 28-year-old Jankowski is with his fourth NHL organization since being selected 21st overall in 2012 by the Calgary Flames. He appeared in 19 games last season for the Buffalo Sabres and then signed a one-year two-way with the Predators.
A depth piece Nashville may go to sooner rather than later. Jankowski is a utility player that is more than capable to play center or winger depending on the situation.
One other player that is behind Tomasino and Jankowski in terms of goals scored is Egor Afanasyev. The Russian forward has scored a goal in four consecutive games with the Admirals.
After seeing firsthand his assignment to Milwaukee occur on NHL Network’s “Behind The Glass”, there’s a chance Afanasyev gets the call at some point to the NHL this season.
This all comes as the heat is intensifying on Head Coach John Hynes as he tries to get his team back on track.
Nashville’s first of three matchups against the Calgary Flames begins at 8 pm Thursday.