Nashville Predators' captain Shea Weber will be unable to play against the team that wanted him so bad two summers ago. Thursday night, Weber took a puck to the face against the Edmonton Oilers. Kevin Klein will also be out, leaving the need to call up a defenseman from the Milwaukee Admirals.
Joe Piskula will make his NHL debut Saturday night against a talented Philadelphia Flyers team. Below is the press release.
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Joe Piskula from Milwaukee (AHL) and placed forward Filip Forsberg on injured reserve.
Piskula, 29 (7/5/84), has five assists, 12 penalty minutes and a +3 rating while appearing in all 18 of the Admirals 2013-14 contests. He was the last defenseman assigned to Milwaukee before the start of the regular season on Sept. 29. The Antigo, Wis., native was acquired by the Predators from Calgary on Feb. 28, 2013, and has 10 career NHL games to his credit – five with Calgary in 2011-12 and five with Los Angeles in 2006-07. The 6-3, 214-pound blueliner has also played 411 AHL games in six seasons at the level, amassing 79 points (9g-70a) and 347 penalty minutes. Piskula played 112 games during a three-year career at the University of Wisconsin from 2004-07, posting 22 points (3g-19a) and 80 penalty minutes. In 2006, he helped the Badgers claim the NCAA title.
The Predators also placed Filip Forsberg in injured reserve with an upper body injury.