NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 01: Niclas Bergfors #18 of the Nashville Predators skates away from Ryan Murphy #38 of the Carolina Hurricanes at the Bridgestone Arena on October 1, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
As part of their daily updates, TSN reports that the Nashville Predators have put winger Niclas Bergfors on waivers. His lone goal for the Preds came in a game at Calgary, when a shot by Jack Hillen deflected off his upper body and into the net.
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Nicknamed "J.P. Svatos" here because of his offensive talents combined with an inability to crack the Preds' lineup on a regular basis, Bergfors might well be a candidate to get claimed by another team. His status as a former 1st-round draft pick (23rd overall by New Jersey in 2005) and mere $575,000 contract could prove irresistible to a desperate GM. He could prove to be an affordable gamble, for example, on a team looking to jump-start their attack such as the Islanders or Ducks.