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Simon Moser recalled, to make NHL debut tonight

Simon Moser (Sarah Fuqua)

The Nashville Predators have recalled forward Simon Moser from their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.

Moser was brought into training camp this season as a free agent and made it all the way until the final round of cuts. Once the Predators got him under contract, they assigned him to the Ads.

The Bern, Switzerland native will join Nashville defenseman Roman Josi on the Swiss national team at the Olympics.

Nick Spaling was hurt on the final play of the 3-2 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. With Viktor Stalberg on injured reserve and Matt Cullen dealing with an upper-body injury, Moser’s recall was necessary. He should make his NHL debut tonight.

The official press release is below.

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Nashville, Tenn. (February 1, 2014) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Simon Moser from Milwaukee (AHL). Moser is expected to make his NHL debut tonight at St. Louis (7 p.m. CT, FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game) wearing No. 21.

Moser, 24 (3/10/89), is ranked second on the Admirals in assists, and is tied for fourth on the team in points (8g-17a-25pts) during his first North American professional season in 2013-14. The Bern, Switzerland native – who will represent his homeland in the 2014 Olympics later this month – spent the previous five full seasons with Langnau of the Swiss League, posting 110 points (56g-54a) and 179 penalty minutes in 232 games since making his league debut during the 2007-08 season.

Hailing from the same hometown as Predators and Swiss Olympic Team teammate Roman Josi, the 6-1, 214-pound winger has also appeared in the past three world championships, most recently posting five points (3g-2a) in 10 games in Switzerland’s 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.

Following tonight’s tilt in St. Louis, the Nashville Predators play just two more games before the Olympic Break. They’ll travel to the Twin Cities to take on the Minnesota Wild on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT (FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game), then return to Smashville next Saturday night to take on the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks (FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game). A limited number of tickets remain for Preds vs. Ducks, including McDonald’s Family Four Packs, which include four tickets, four gold hats and four items from McDonald’s, and start at just $33 each. To purchase tickets, visit nashvillepredators.com or call 615-770-7800.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Fuqua (used with permission)