In a move which is likely geared towards keeping them busy on the ice, the Nashville Predators have sent forwards Matt Halischuk and Chris Mueller back to the Milwaukee Admirals, who host Peoria on Friday and play at Rockford on Saturday.
#24 / Right Wing / Nashville Predators
Jun 01, 1988
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Halischuk has made an impression with his energetic physical game, doing the dirty work in the corners to help spark J.P. Dumont's recent success.
#53 / Center / Nashville Predators
Mar 06, 1986
|2010 - Chris Mueller||13||0||3||3||0||2||0||0||0||7||0|
He went from not even having an NHL contract a few weeks ago to getting a quick call-up after Cal O`Reilly broke his leg, and has filled the gap on the 4th line.
I wouldn't be surprised to see both of these guys called up after the weekend. For Mueller, there's still a gap at center since O`Reilly is still many weeks from returning, and for Halischuk, it doesn't appear that Steve Sullivan or Marek Svatos will be available soon, either.
An excerpt from 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 forward Chris Mueller, and reassigned forward Matt Halischuk (mat HUH-lihs-chuhk) to Milwaukee (AHL).
Halischuk, 22 (6/1/88), played his first five games as a Predator during the club's just completed six-game road trip, posting three points (1g-2a) and a +3 rating while logging 10:08 per game. The Toronto, Ont., native, acquired from New Jersey in the offseason, made his Nashville debut on Jan. 16 at Chicago, then recorded his first goal with the team at Phoenix two nights later. Halischuk notched his first career two-point/assist performance last Thursday in the Predators' 5-1 victory at Colorado. The 6-0, 185-pound winger has 16 points (9g-7a) in 29 games for the Admirals in 2010-11.
Mueller, 24 (3/6/86), signed a one-year contract with the Predators on Dec. 27 and has played in 13 of the club's 15 games since that date, posting three assists while averaging 8:31 of ice time. He notched his first career NHL point/assist on Jan. 16 at Chicago and recorded his first multi-point/assist outing the next game, a 5-2 victory at Phoenix. The West Seneca, N.Y., native returns to Milwaukee where he is ranked second on the team in goals (12), and third in points (20).