Confirming the Swedish report we saw early this morning, Swedish winger Linus Klasen has been recalled by the Nashville Predators and is set to make his NHL debut tomorrow night at Detroit. Just a few days ago, in light of his prolific scoring for the Admirals, we asked how soon he might get called up to the Preds, and 44% figured it would take another 20 games or so.
The question now becomes, can Klasen deliver his eye-popping moves at the NHL level? That's a big step up from the Swedish Elite League and the AHL, but given the need for offense (the Preds sit 29th in Goals per Game right now), it makes sense to try something. Martin Erat, whether due to continuing back trouble or not, has yet to score, and the Predators have tallied just 7 goals in their last 5 games.
The team's press release follows after the jump...
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Linus Klasen from Milwaukee (AHL).
Klasen, 24 (2/19/86), leads the American League in goals (7) and ranks among the league leaders in points (10) through seven games for the Admirals. The 5-8, 178-pound winger was named Reebok/AHL Player of the Week on Monday in just his second full week as a North American pro after amassing six points (3g-3a) in three games. Signed as a free agent on April 20, 2010, the Stockholm, Sweden native spent the last three seasons with Sodertalje of the Swedish Elitserien, tying for fifth in points (19g-32a-51pts) a season ago.
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