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Nashville Predators News: Joonas Rask Called Up From Milwaukee, Forsberg & Watson Sent Down


Another player will apparently make his NHL debut tonight, as Joonas Rask has been called up from the Admirals, while Filip Forsberg & Austin Watson are going back the other way. Rask has been under contract with the Nashville Predators since last year, but stayed over in Finland this season. Once his campaign with Jokerit was complete, he came over and joined the Ads for their playoff push.

Now, it looks like he'll get a taste of NHL action before the Calder Cup playoffs begin tomorrow night.

This just arrived from the Preds:

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Joonas Rask (YOH-nuhs RASK) from Milwaukee (AHL), while assigning forwards Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson to the Admirals.

Rask, 23 (3/24/90), notched a goal and an assist in his first and only AHL game on April 19 against Charlotte. He joined Milwaukee on April 11 after completing his fourth season in the Finnish Elite League with Jokerit, where he posted 10 points (5g-5a) in 52 games. The 5-10, 176-pound defensive and face-off specialist was Nashville's seventh choice, 198th overall (seventh round), in the 2010 Entry Draft and is the younger brother of Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask.

Watson has appeared in six games for Nashville since his first career recall on April 7. He scored his first NHL goal in Tuesday night's win over Calgary. Forsberg notched his first career point/assist in his fourth NHL game on Tuesday.