The team is recalled one of the steals of the 2014 draft, young Viktor Arvidsson from the Admirals "under emergency conditions". We're not sure on the emergency conditions just yet. We do know that James Neal did not skate with the team yesterday AND Colin Wilson left practice early. Not good news. Here's the official release:
Nashville, Tenn. (March 20, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the Predators have recalled forward Viktor Arvidsson from Milwaukee (AHL) under emergency conditions. He will wear No. 38.
Arvidsson, 21 (4/8/93), currently leads the Admirals, is tied for the AHL rookie lead, and tied for 10th among all AHL skaters in points (20g-31a-51pts) while playing in all 63 of the team’s games this season. The Kusmark, Sweden, native is also second among all rookies in goals and fourth among first-year players in assists, as well as ranking second among rookies in power-play goals (7), and tied for fourth in game-winning goals (4). He also leads the entire AHL in shots by 28 (237).
A 5-11, 176-pound right wing, Arvidsson – selected 112th (fourth round) by Nashville in the 2014 Draft – ranked ninth in the Swedish Hockey League in points (16g-24a-40pts) during the 2013-14 season, then helped Skelleftea win its second consecutive SHL title by tying for second in assists (12) and ranking third in points (16) during the postseason. During the title-winning season of 2012-13 he tied for fourth in playoff goals (6) and was named Swedish junior player of the year and a finalist for the SHL rookie of the year award.
Arvidsson tied for eighth in goals (4) at the 2013 World Junior Championship, helping Sweden to a silver medal, and also earned silver at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship, playing alongside Predators forward Filip Forsberg on both squads.
The Nashville Predators, who have an 11-3-0 record versus Eastern Conference opponents on home ice this season, take on the visiting Buffalo Sabres on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena (7 p.m. CT, FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game). Saturday's game is the second of three consecutive home games for the Preds; Nashville closes out the home stand on Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens.
Fans are invited to join the Preds for a Plaza Party presented by Lee Company prior to Saturday's game against Buffalo, which includes drink specials, music, activities, the GOLDWALK and more. A very limited number of tickets, including those eligible as part of the McDonald's Family Four Pack offer, still remain for the game. With every McDonald's Family Four Pack purchased, fans receive four tickets, and four McDonald's coupons (limit one pack per customer). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Nashvillepredators.com or call 615-770-7800.
In case you missed it, Wilson left Thursday's practice early.
Colin Wilson left roughly halfway through a 90-minute practice for precautionary reasons (lower body).— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) March 19, 2015
Let's hope that Willy isn't out past Saturday's game, if even that.