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Joonas Rask comes over from Europe, heads to Milwaukee…

The Nashville Predators have assigned their 2010 seventh round pick Joonas Rask to the Milwaukee Admirals. He was the Predators’ final pick in the draft at #198 overall.

Elite Prospects calls Rask is “a left-handed forward who can play as both a center and winger. A very good skater. Useful on both the powerplay and penalty kill.”

Rassk’s European team, Jokerit, closed out their Finnish Elite League season recently and, therefore, became available for the move across the Atlantic.

The Savonlinna, Finland, native will join two other 2010 Nashville draft picks on the Admirals (Anthony Bitteto and Patrick Cehlin). Milwaukee is in eighth place with just six games left. And with a wealth of their top players in Nashville due to injuries, they need all the help they can get down the stretch.

This will be Rask’s first season in North America.

The official press release is below.


Nashville, Tenn. (April 11, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned forward Joonas Rask (YOH-nuhs RASK) to Milwaukee (AHL). Rask recently completed his fifth season in the Finnish Elite League with Jokerit.

Rask, 23 (3/24/90), posted 10 points (5g-5a) in 52 games with Jokerit in 2012-13. In 211 Finnish Elite League games with Ilves and Jokerit since 2008-09, the 5-10, 176-pound defensive and face-off specialist has 75 points (34g-41a) and 76 penalty minutes. He signed a two-year contract with Nashville on March 23, 2012 after being Nashville’s seventh choice, 198th overall (seventh round), in the 2010 Entry Draft. The Savonlinna, Finland native is the younger brother of Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask. The Predators face off against the Dallas Stars tomorrow at 7 p.m. CT (SportSouth, 1676 HD, 26 SD and 102.5 FM The Game) for a College Night presented by Taco Bell, where college students who show their IDs at the door receive special ticket discounts. There will also be drink specials through the first intermission. Additionally, all fans in attendance will be given a Qdoba coupon for FREE chips and queso. The Predators return to action for back-to-back games at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday and Monday. Sunday’s 6:30 CT game vs. the Detroit Red Wings is a McDonald’s Family 4 Pack night and additionally, all fans in attendance receive a Gold Predators T-shirt, a team poster courtesy of Hunt Brothers and a special offer from Fifth Third. Monday’s 7 p.m. CT matchup vs. the Vancouver Canucks is a Ford Hometown Heroes Night. In conjunction with the Hometown Heroes Night, the team will be presenting special military jerseys to select members of the Armed Forces throughout the night as well as putting some up for bid at the Preds Silent Auction Table. Both games broadcast on Fox Sports Tennessee (1675 HD, 28 SD) and 102.5 FM the Game. Limited tickets for all remaining home games are still available and may be purchased at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, by visiting or by calling 615-770-7800. — PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Fuqua (used with permission)