The Milwaukee Admirals face the daunting task of a game seven against the Houston Aeros at 7 p.m. at the Bradley Center tonight but will help be on the way? Several Predators who have gone through the rigors of of of twelve Stanley Cup Playoff games at the highest level of hockey could head to Wisconsin today to help the Ads move to the next level.
Chris Mueller and Teemu Laakso are certain to return as they were brought up by the Predators in an abundance of caution in case someone was unable to go in last night's game six against Vancouver.
Blake Geoffrion, Jon Blum, and Matt Halischuk were all on Milwaukee's clear day roster and are eligible to return for what the Admirals hope will be an extended playoff run and a shot at the Calder Cup. If all are healthy and make the move back to the AHL, it would greatly enhance the Ads chances continue onward.
Barry Trotz discussed the commitment to Milwaukee after last night's loss, "We've made some great strides as an organization. Our team in Milwaukee is in the seventh game of the second round and they'll probably get a whole whack of guys from this game for their game tomorrow."
Trotz continued, "Our organization is about winning. Very few teams have both teams that seem to be in the playoffs every year and that's what we've done here. We're creating a good environment for winning but we've got a long way to go. This is Vancouver's 40th year. It's hard to win the Stanley Cup."
Trotz commented on the growth of the younger players, "Jon Blum played twenty games for us and he's playing against Ryan Kesler who may have played the most incredible six games you will ever see and that's pretty good growth."
How the young guys react when they go to Milwaukee will be a true test of character and if the past is a good judge, they will pass with flying colors. It is all about class, character, and being a winner and that is the "Predators Way."
We will update with the official release from the Predators once an announcement is made as to exactly ho is going to Milwaukee.
Here is the official word from the Predators...
PREDATORS REASSIGN THREE TO MILWAUKEE
-Blum, Geoffrion and Halischuk rejoin Admirals for Game Seven of West Division Finals-
Nashville, Tenn. (May 10, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned forwards Blake Geoffrion and Matt Halischuk, and defenseman Jonathon Blum to Milwaukee (AHL). The Admirals play Game Seven of their West Division Finals series against the Houston Aeros tonight at 7 p.m. CT.
The rookie trio appeared in all 12 of Nashville’s 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff contests – Blum and Geoffrion both notched a pair of assists, while Halischuk scored two goals, most notably the game winner in the longest game in Predators history – a double-overtime win in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals at Vancouver.
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