The Nashville Predators recalled Linus Klasen from Milwaukee this morning. The news was first leaked by a Swedish language newspaper and has now been confirmed by the Predators.
Klasen leads the AHL in goals with seven and was named the AHL Player of the week on Monday.
It is unclear where he will fit in when the Preds play Detroit on Saturday but it is rare for a player to be called up and not be inserted into the lineup. With his small physical size, there is little need for him on a grinder line so you would think adjustments will be made on one of the three scoring oriented lines.
Klasen was injured in the first rookie game of the year on a blind-side hit and was unable to participate in the pre-season camp so adjustments to new team-mates will have to be done on the fly.
Here is the full release from the Predators...
NASHVILLE PREDATORS RECALL FORWARD LINUS KLASEN
-Defending AHL Player of the Week leads the League in goals-
Nashville, Tenn. (October 29, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Linus Klasen from Milwaukee (AHL).
Klasen, 24 (2/19/86), leads the American League in goals (7) and ranks among the league leaders in points (10) through seven games for the Admirals. The 5-8, 178-pound winger was named Reebok/AHL Player of the Week on Monday in just his second full week as a North American pro after amassing six points (3g-3a) in three games. Signed as a free agent on April 20, 2010, the Stockholm, Sweden native spent the last three seasons with Sodertalje of the Swedish Elitserien, tying for fifth in points (19g-32a-51pts) a season ago.
The Predators will look to improve on their hot start when they kick-off a five-game road trip at Detroit tomorrow night against the Central Division rival Red Wings (6 p.m. CT, 102.9 FM The Buzz, SportSouth). After three games on the West Coast and a stop in St. Louis, they’ll return home to take on the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, Nov. 13 (7 p.m. CT, 102.9 FM The Buzz, FOX Sports Tennessee). Tickets are still available for the Chicago contest and may be purchased at the Bridgestone Arena box office, by calling (615) 770-PUCK (7825) or online via ticketmaster.com or nashvillepredators.com.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOntheGlass