While defenseman Jonathon Blum announced to the hockey world that he was on his way back to the NHL last night, it turns out that forward Blake Geoffrion is also getting recalled by the Nashville Predators today (as first reported on Twitter by Ryan Porth, and since confirmed on the NHL's roster reports). Boomer was sent to Milwaukee on December 13, after spending some time on Injured Reserve, while Blum had been assigned to the Admirals the day before.
These moves bring the Preds back to 22 players on the Active Roster, leaving two guys to be scratched each game. This week's games include a road date at Washington tomorrow, a home game Thursday against Columbus, and a Friday trip to Dallas to face the Stars.
Both players have had somewhat rocky starts to their second NHL seasons, and as I've said before, some rather fortunate puck-luck during the final months of last season may have oversold their readiness to compete every night at this level. There's plenty of time for both to become solid NHL regulars, so hopefully these weeks have been just a bump along the road of their long-term development.
The Preds' press release follows after the jump...
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Blake Geoffrion and defenseman Jonathon Blum from Milwaukee (AHL).
Geoffrion, 23 (2/3/88), has two assists in 19 games for the Predators this season. He was assigned to the Admirals after missing six NHL games from Nov. 29-Dec. 10 due to an upper body injury, where he notched an assist in three AHL games.
Blum, 22 (1/30/89), has five points (2g-3a) in 27 games for the Predators in 2011-12. He also spent three games with Milwaukee, scoring a pair of goals.