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Nashville Predators recall Steve Begin from Milwaukee

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After Patric Hornqvist was a surprise scratch from last night's San Jose game with an upper-body injury, the Nashville Predators have called up Steve Begin from the Milwaukee Admirals:

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Steve Begin from Milwaukee (AHL).

            Begin, 32 (6/14/78), signed with Nashville on Oct. 21, and has posted four points (3g-1a) in 21 games for the Admirals this season. The Trois-Rivieres, Que., native has played 486 career NHL games since 1997-98, posting 100 points (52g-48a) and 535 penalty minutes. He spent the 2009-10 season with the Boston Bruins, posting 14 points (5g-9a) and 53 penalty minutes while playing a career-high 77 games.

            The 6-0, 192-pound center was a teammate of Predators forward J-P Dumont for three seasons (1996-98) with the QMJHL's Val d'Or Foreurs, notching 117 points (44g-73a) and 520 penalty minutes in 157 games. The duo, along with Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, helped Val d'Or win the 1998 President's Trophy as QMJHL champions.

We talked about what Begin brings to the table when he was signed back in October, but to refresh your memory, here's his scouting report:

Assets
  • Is fearless and can get under an opponent's skin. Possesses open-ice hitting ability and defensive prowess. Is much stronger than his size suggests. Can play both center and wing.
Flaws
  • Has limited scoring ability. Tends to take bad penalties. Is breaking down physically because of his rambunctious style of play.
Career Potential
  • Agitating role player.