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Nashville Predators assign Mike Santorelli to Milwaukee, call up Cal O'Reilly

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From the Nashvile Predators, as first leaked via their @NHLPredsInsider Twitter account:

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Obviously the team is desperate to get some offense rolling, having scored just one goal in the last 3 games. Will this make an appreciable impact? In 14:00 of ice time per game, Santorelli had 11 shots on goal so far, the 3rd-best shooting total based on ice time on the team (behind Jason Arnott and Patric Hornqvist).

What remains to be seen is the role that O'Reilly will play. Santorelli's mission in training camp was to train as a winger, but it's doubtful that the Preds would throw O'Reilly into that situation right away. Will Legwand move over to the wing, perhaps, as happened last year to shake him out of an offensive slump?


Michael Santorelli

#18 / Center / Nashville Predators

6-0

189

Dec 14, 1985

GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Michael Santorelli 5 0 0 0 -5 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.0

The text of the press release follows...

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled center Cal O'Reilly from Milwaukee (AHL), and reassigned forward Mike Santorelli to the Admirals. J.P. Dumont was also activated from Injured Reserve.

O'Reilly, 23 (9/30/86), amassed four assists in a 5-2 Admirals win over Peoria last night, and leads the American Hockey League in helpers with seven in three games. The Toronto, Ont., native registered five points (3g-2a) in 11 games with the Predators during the 2008-09 season, the first NHL action of his career.

Santorelli, 23 (12/14/85), suited up for each of the Predators first five games in 2009-10, posting no points while averaging 14:00 per game. A season ago, he Led Milwaukee in points (70) and goals (27) in addition to ranking second on the club in assists (43).