Nashville Predators prospect Roman Josi recalled
- Updated: November 24, 2011
If you put two and two together, one Nashville Predators prospect is having the Thanksgiving of his life.
Josi was considered a front runner (among the defensive prospects) for an NHL roster spot in training camp but suffered a concussion. After finally returning to the Admirals lineup, Josi has registered four points in his five AHL games this year. He put up impressive numbers last year too, bagging six goals and 34 assists in 69 games.
Also of note, he spent the majority of the 2010-11 season skating with Blum until his recall in February. Perhaps those two could be paired together again on the power play.
He is generally considered the best Swiss prospect not in the NHL.
The Bern, Switzerland native will be the second Nashville prospect to make his NHL debut after a mid-season call-up. Ryan Thang debuted in Chicago back on October 31, logging 8:32 of ice time on 12 shifts. He was sent back to Milwaukee the next day despite a decent outing.
If officially recalled, Josi will make his NHL debut in Detroit on Saturday night.
Predators have made it official, release included:
NASHVILLE PREDATORS RECALL DEFENSEMAN ROMAN JOSI
Nashville, Tenn. (November 25, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Roman Josi (ROH-man YO-see) from Milwaukee (AHL).
Josi, 21 (6/1/90), has points (1g-3a) in four of five games he’s played for the Admirals this season. A season ago, the Bern, Switzerland native was one of just three AHL rookie defensemen to post at least 40 points (6g-34a-40pts); he also led the 2010-11 Admirals in power-play points (3g-22a-25pts). Nashville’s third choice, 38th overall (second round), in 2008 Entry Draft helped SC Bern win both the Swiss League regular season and playoff titles in 2009-10, and represented his nation in both the 2009 and 2010 World Championships.
The Predators continue their five-game road trip tomorrow night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit (6 p.m., 102.5 The Game, FOX Sports Tennessee) before heading to Western Canada for three games. The Preds won’t return to Smashville until the calendar flips to December, when, after a decade and a half of events, Nashville’s own Bridgestone Arena celebrates its 15th anniversary.
PHOTO CREDIT: The Milwaukee Admirals (used with permission)