Jerred Smithson on Injured Reserve, Nashville Predators recall Chris Mueller

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 03: Derek Roy #9 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against Chris Mueller #17 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on December 3, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

This just came over the wire from the Preds:

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Chris Mueller (KRIHS MEW-luhr) from Milwaukee (AHL) and placed forward Jerred Smithson on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 7.

Mueller, 25 (3/6/86), leads the Admirals in points (15g-11a-26pts) and goals through 33 games in 2011-12. This is the West Seneca, N.Y., native's second recall to Nashville this season - he played a pair of NHL games Dec. 3 (against his hometown Buffalo Sabres) and 6 (vs. Phoenix). A season ago, the 5-11, 203-pound forward appeared in his first 15 NHL contests, registering three assists. Signed as a free agent on Dec. 27, 2010, Mueller posted 104 points (42g-62a) in 166 games (missing just four contests total) with Michigan State University from 2004-08, and helped the Spartans win the 2007 NCAA National Championship, ranking fifth in points (3g-2a) during the NCAA Tournament.


Jerred Smithson

#25 / Left Wing / Nashville Predators

6-3

209

Feb 04, 1979



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
2011 - Jerred Smithson 41 1 3 4 -7 28 0 0 0 23 4.3

By making the IR transaction retroactive to January 7, Smithson could theoretically play Monday against the Islanders if he's ready, but since he hasn't been skating lately that isn't likely.

Kevin Wilson, the Preds' hockey communications manager, tweeted that Mueller has been recalled because Craig Smith is "under the weather".

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