Firstly, let's get the official word from Lower Broadway:
Nashville, Tenn. (December 28, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has reassigned forward Colton Sissons to Milwaukee (AHL) and activated forward Mike Fisher from Injured Reserve.
Fisher, 35 (6/5/80), has missed the past 11 games after sustaining a lower-body injury on Dec. 1 versus Arizona. The 6-1, 216-pound center has seven points (5g-2a) in 24 games in 2015-16, and was riding a three-game goal streak prior to his injury.
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So Sissons heads back to the team he captains, and Fisher is likely bound for the second (or third) line. A big question is whether or not Peter Laviolette saw enough from Calle Jarnkrok to keep him beside James Neal and Colin Wilson, which would allow Fisher to play more special teams minutes as well as play a more defined role.
The other side of that coin is that Fisher does succeed at getting to the front of the net, which is what the Predators need more of. Either way, it's good that Fisher is back.
Again, Colton Sissons looks better every time he gets called up. The Sheriff-in-training has taken steps forward in several areas, and will likely be a good part of a middle line before too long.