Kevin Fiala assigned to Milwaukee Admirals

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In a rather surprising move late this afternoon, the Predators announced that 2014 First Round Draft Pick, Kevin Fiala would be assigned to Nashville’s farm team, the Milwaukee Admirals. This news comes on the heels of Nashville announcing that former 2012 draft pick, Mikko Vainonen had been reassigned to SaiPa of SM-Liiga (of Finland). Vainonen has been spending most of his time on the ECHL level with the Cincinnati Cyclones. Check his story here, provided by Admirals Roundtable. Whether those two moves have anything to do with one another, I am not the judge of that, but it is still very interesting, to say the least. One may throw out the fact that tomorrow is the international transfer deadline; yea, that could very well be it.

Here’s an excerpt from the official press release from the Predators about Mr. Fiala:

Fiala, 18 (7/22/96), posted 14 points (5g-9a) in 20 games for HV-71 this season, tied for the fourth-most goals and assists, and sixth-most points among SHL junior players. The 5-10, 180-pound winger also represented Switzerland at the 2015 World Junior Championship, being named one of the nation’s three best players for the tournament while tying for fifth among all skaters in goals (4g-1a-5pts, 6gp).

In 2013-14, Fiala was a finalist for the 2014 Swedish Hockey League Rookie of the Year Award after tying for the lead in points among all under-18 SHL players with 11 (3g-8a) in 17 games for HV71. The 13th overall selection in the 2014 Draft represented his homeland at the World Junior Championship, Under-18 World Championship and World Championship in 2014, becoming just the third player ever to participate in all three tournaments in the same year (Andrei Kostitsyn and Vadim Karagan, Belarus in 2003).

The young left-winger just about made the team during training camp, so it would not be surprising to see him lace up for the Predators sometime this season.

Marek Mazanec recalled by Preds; Rinne out 3-5 Weeks

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Source: Yahoo! Sports

When did I get the solid clue that Marek Mazanec would be recalled to Nashville to fill in for Pekka Rinne?

…When Admirals Roundtable tweeted that Mazanec did not travel with the team to Hamilton, Ontario to for their bout against the Bulldogs. Oh yea, and when they also announced that the Admirals had called up Rob Madore from the Cincinnati Cyclones.

What was originally announced as possibly three games missed has now turned into 3-5 weeks for Pekka Rinne, who is suffering from a sprain in his knee. Ouchies. However, he will also miss the All-Star Game – while a bummer – is actually a blessing in disguise; that break could be a lifesaver along the way, especially considering after Saturday’s game in Detroit, the Predators have one game within a 9-day span. Pekka will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break to determine if his sprain is more severe, though I am staying on the positive side and saying he’ll be back before four weeks.

Also look at this bright side, my comrades: If you recall, Mazanec received the NHL Rookie of the Month status back in November of 2013, when he covered 25 games for Nashville (due to an ailing Pekka Rinne). Needless to say, Marek Mazanec has his feet wet and, with a record of 11-8-3-1 this season, he’ll be a great replacement part for Rinne while he mends. It must be noted though, that Mazanec will more than likely back up current backup to Rinne, Carter Hutton.