The Nashville Predators trimmed their training camp roster to 31 after tonight's 4-1 win over Washington by sending goaltender Jeremy Smith to Milwaukee.
Smith appears primed for a major role with the Admirals this season, and has come on strongly over the last year or so. The intrigue likely turns to a battle between former 1st-round draft pick Chet Pickard and Atte Engren to see who gets the backup job in Milwaukee, and who heads to Cincinnati of the ECHL (or perhaps elsewhere?).
The Predators also seem to be settling into more of a regular-season routine, with Pekka Rinne playing the full 60 minutes tonight, and Anders Lindback set to back him up. With back-to-back games coming up Friday and Saturday, expect to see each of them get a full game's work in this weekend.
The Preds' press release follows after the jump...
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned goaltender Jeremy Smith to Milwaukee (AHL).
Smith, 22 (4/13/89), appeared in three preseason games with the Predators, posting a 1-0-0 record with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage.
The transactions leave Nashville's Training Camp roster at 31 players - 18 forwards, 11 defensemen and two goaltenders. Players by position currently participating in camp are as follows:
FORWARDS (18): Niclas Bergfors, Gabriel Bourque, Martin Erat, Mike Fisher, Blake Geoffrion, Matt Halischuk, Patric Hornqvist, Sergei Kostitsyn, David Legwand, Chris Mueller, Cal O'Reilly, Craig Smith, Jerred Smithson, Nick Spaling, Zack Stortini, Jordin Tootoo, Colin Wilson and Kyle Wilson
DEFENSEMEN (11): Teemu Laakso, Jonathon Blum, Francis Bouillon, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Jack Hillen, Roman Josi, Kevin Klein, Tyler Sloan, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber
GOALTENDERS (2): Anders Lindback and Pekka Rinne.