Preds Recall Spaling from Milwaukee
Tuesday, 12.15.2009 / 10:09 AM CT / News
By Press Release - Nashville Predators
|When Nick Spaling dresses for a game he will become the 29th skater to play for the Preds this season, one more than they used all of last season and three more than in the 2007-08 campaign.
However, 11 skaters have appeared in at least 30 of the team’s first 33 games this season. The majority of the tinkering has come with the final couple spots on the game roster; eight skaters have appeared in 10 games-or-less this season.
When asked earlier this season about the roster tinkering, Head Coach Barry Trotz said, “We’ve lost the Nichols, the Ortmeyers, the Fiddlers, the Bonks, those type of veteran guys. We now have a little more depth, but a couple guys we aren’t as familiar with – Goc, Guite, Olvecky, Scatchard – people like that. We had to find out who fits the right way into our team, our style. We had to rely on what we saw in training camp, see on a daily basis in practice, but sometimes when you play the games it turns out the other way, guys aren’t producing or the fit isn’t quite right, so we’ve had to experiment a little more at the start this year to get it right. But having that depth has given us the flexibility to experiment, too.”
Spaling would become the fifth Preds player to make his NHL debut this season, joining Cody Franson, Teemu Laakso, Andreas Thuresson, and Colin Wilson. And three other skaters entered the season with less than 10 games of NHL experience.
--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com
Spaling, 21 (9/19/88), has seven points (1g-6a) in 27 games for the Admirals this season, including points (1g-2a) in his last three outings (all wins), and in four of his last five (1g-3a). In his second professional season, this is the first career recall for the 6-1, 196-pound forward. Nashville’s third choice, 58th overall (second round) in the 2007 Entry Draft, Spaling tied for fourth on the Admirals in points (12g-23a-35pts) and tied for fifth in assists in 2008-09.
The Predators play their final home game before heading out on a three-game Western Canada road swing tonight when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first and only time this season (7 p.m.). Nashville returns to the Sommet Center the day after Christmas to host Chicago for the third and final time in 2009-10 – the club’s final home game of the calendar year. Tickets to these games, and all other regular season contests, are now on sale and can be purchased by logging onto nashvillepredators.com. Tickets are also available by calling (615) 770-PUCK and at all Ticketmaster locations.