Nashville Predators News: Simon Moser Claims 23rd Roster Spot
Forward Simon Moser has apparently earned a job with the Nashville Predators, as the team has added him to their Active Roster. After Saturday's cuts, only one spot remained open, but Moser has done enough over the last few weeks to earn an NHL contract. While no official announcement has been made, Moser has this afternoon been added to both the roster listed on the team's website, and is now listed on the NHL's media resource as well.
Here's his agent:
Simon Moser just signed an 1 year Entry-Level contract with the Nashville Predators. Seems that he will start the season in Milwaukee— Georges Müller (@georgesmueller) September 29, 2013
In five pre-season games, Moser scored twice on seven shots. The 24-year-old is trying to make his way in North America after playing in the top Swiss league for the last few years:
And since we haven't been able to see much of his pre-season work with the Preds, here's a highlight video from his work in Switzerland:
Let's just hope he keeps his head up when the Maple Leafs come to town...
UPDATE (9/30): This morning the Predators released the following:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Simon Moser to a one-year entry-level contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level. Moser attended Predators training camp under a professional tryout agreement.
Moser, 24 (3/10/89), has spent the last five full seasons with Langnau of the Swiss Elite League, posting 110 points (56g-54a) and 179 penalty minutes in 232 games since making his league debut during the 2007-08 season. In 2012-13, the 6-1, 214-pound winger posted 21 points (10g-11a) in 35 games while serving as team captain, and in 2011-12, tied for 12th in Swiss League goals (18).
A native of Bern, Switzerland (the same hometown as Roman Josi), Moser has represented his nation in the past three world championships, posting five points (3g-2a) in 10 games in their silver medal performance of 2013, the highest finish by the Swiss since 1935. He also helped Switzerland to a gold medal at the 2009 Division I World Junior Championships, and played in the 2007 Under-18 World Championships.
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