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Joe Piskula
Joe Piskula
Defenseman  - NSH
(JOH pihs-KOO-luh)
Number: 47
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 208
Shoots: Left
Born: Jul 5, 1984  (Age 30)
Birthplace: Antigo, WI, United States
Acquired: Acquired from Calgary for Brian McGrattan on February 28, 2013.
 CAREER NOTES: Was recalled to Nashville on Nov. 30, 2013 and appeared in two games for the Predators – Nov. 30 vs. Philadelphia and Dec. 3 vs. Vancouver – before being reassigned to Milwaukee (AHL) on Dec. 5, 2013… Suited up for 73 of Milwaukee’s 76 games in 2013-14, tying for 16th in the AHL and pacing the Admirals in plus/minus rating (+20)… Ranked second among Milwaukee blueliners in assists (20) in 2013-14… Appeared in 46 of Abbotsford’s first 56 games of the 2012-13 before making his Milwaukee Admirals debut on March 1, 2013… Played in Milwaukee’s final 23 games, with the team going 16-6-1 with him in the lineup… Played in five NHL contests with Calgary during a one-week recall from Dec. 3-10, 2011… Ranked second among Abbotsford defensemen in points (3g-15a), and fourth among all skaters in plus/minus (+10) during the 2011-12 campaign ... Spent the 2010-11 season on an AHL contract with Abbotsford, tying for third on the team in penalty minutes (73), then signed an NHL deal with parent club Calgary on July 1, 2011… Ranked third on the Manchester Monarchs in plus/minus rating in 2009-10 (+10) on a team that also included current Predator Rich Clune... Helped Manchester reach the 2010 Eastern Conference Final… Led the 2008-09 Monarchs in plus/minus rating (+11)… Compiled 22 points (3g-19a) and 80 penalty minutes during a three-season, 112-game career at the University of Wisconsin (WCHA) from 2004-07… Signed his first professional contract, a three-year entry-level deal with the Los Angeles Kings, at the conclusion of his junior season at Wisconsin (March 21, 2007)... Made his NHL debut with L.A. on March 23, 2007 and appeared in five of the Kings' final nine games of the 2006-07 campaign... Helped Wisconsin win the 2006 NCAA National Title, and was named the Badgers Otto Breitenbach Most Improved Player by his teammates in 2005-06… Dressed for 40 of 41 games as a freshman for Wisconsin in 2004-05 on a team that included six current NHLers (Joe Pavelski, Jake Dowell, Adam Burish, Tom Gilbert, Davis Drewiske, Brian Elliott)… Spent the 2003-04 season, and the second-half of the 2002-03 with the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers after a trade from the Chicago Steel… A finalist for the Wisconsin Mr. Hockey award during his time at Antigo High School… Also captained Antigo High School’s football team.

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