On Wednesday, Nashville Predators GM David Poile had several team announcements. He recalled Forwards Kevin Fiala and Cody Bass from the Milwaukee Admirals, sending F Viktor Arvidsson to Milwaukee and putting F Colin Wilson on Injured Reserve. He also waived Cody Hodgson.
Fiala, 19, was their 11th pick in the 2014 Draft and while having several issues earlier in the season (getting cut from the Preds training camp roster even though he did pretty decent the season before as a late-season call up), he turned down playing to represent his country, Switzerland, in the World Junior Championship in order to stay with Milwaukee and was rewarded even though Poile added:
Poile on recalling Fiala: "I would’ve been happy to leave Kevin in Milwaukee all year, but desperate times call for desperate measures."
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) January 13, 2016
Fiala currently leads the Admirals with 15 assists in 34 games.
Cody Bass, 29, played his first two games for the Predators in the beginning of December against Arizona and the Panthers respectively. He’s also played for the Senators and Columbus, totaling a combined 5 points and 71 penalty minutes.
Former Canuck and Sabre, Cody Hodgson, hasn’t been a very good pickup for the Predators with only 3 goals and 5 assists in 39 games.
Predators writer Jim Diamond has been doing a Haiku for every game this season (it’s really magical and you can follow it at the hashtag #haikuall82), and I feel his offering for the game against the Coyotes (who, for some reason, the Predators historically play very bad against) is a very good microcosm of what has been happening to the Preds in this half of the season after such a promising start:
Game 42 Haiku: Swedish D pairing Quality shots just not there The ship is sinking #haikuall82
— Jim Diamond (@diamondhockey) January 10, 2016
Hopefully today’s moves will be enough to start to shake things up, even more than trading Seth Jones for Ryan Johansen.