“Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned forward Matt Halischuk to Milwaukee (AHL) on a conditioning assignment. Halischuk remains on Nashville’s active roster during the conditioning stint.
Halischuk, 24 (6/1/88), has one assist and six penalty minutes in 16 games for the Predators this season. He last appeared with the Admirals during the 2010-11 season when he amassed 23 points (11g-12a) in 37 games.”
Sound vaguely familiar? It should. Brian McGrattan was sent to Milwaukee for a conditioning stint, in which he was placed on waivers then picked up by his former team, the Calgary Flames.
Now don’t jump to conclusions – Just because Halischuk is being sent on the same route McGrattan was, doesn’t mean he’s going to be placed on waivers (but don’t put it out of your mind altogether).
Though Halischuk isn’t exactly the bright, shining star like some of his fellow teammates, his presence didn’t go unnoticed and has been a connecting piece to the overall puzzle that is the Nashville Predators. However, in times like these, pieces that kind of fit just aren’t going to take the place of pieces that fit perfectly. If they want to see the playoffs, the Predators have to find the perfect pieces, not just ones that “kind of fit there” for now. Sadly, Matt Halischuk is one of those pieces.
Again, don’t get us wrong – Halischuk has had his shining, impressive moments, but they just aren’t the numbers the Predators need right now. Hopefully, ice time in Milwaukee will get him fired up and ready to return to the NHL action. Or, maybe that will get him ready for a trade… or waivers…