Nashville Predators general manager Barry Trotz has wasted no time in his attempt to constantly improve his roster, making his second waiver claim of the month over the weekend, adding former Columbus Blue Jackets center Liam Foudy.
Nashville also claimed Samuel Fagemo from the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 2. Fagemo made an immediate impression during his Predators debut on Saturday night, scoring a power-play goal in a 5-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena.
WELCOME TO SMASHVILLE, SAMUEL FAGEMO! pic.twitter.com/cL3mgB0WcN— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) October 22, 2023
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Fagemo got his opportunity to enter the lineup after center Cody Glass suffered a lower-body injury in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday. Glass is expected to miss 7-10 days.
Defenseman Luke Schenn, who hasn’t played since the season opener, was placed on injured reserve over the weekend. We discussed how the Predators could be affected if they placed Schenn on IR or long-term IR, which would open up a spot on the active 23-man roster. It can be read here.
Schenn’s placement on IR permitted Nashville to claim Foudy through waivers without having to send anyone to the AHL or make additional roster adjustments. Trotz has proven he’s not afraid to get creative when it comes to adding to or fielding a competitive roster.
The Milwaukee Admirals opened their season on Saturday, suffering a 3-2 defeat to the Texas Stars. Roland McKeown and Egor Afanasyev scored the Ads lone goals while Yaroslav Askarov stopped 21 of 24 shots. Both Askarov and Afanasyev were highly ranked in our organizational prospect rankings over the summer.
You can keep tabs on our staff predictions at Nashville Hockey Now throughout the season to see how right or wrong we are.
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Around the NHL and National Hockey Now
Colorado Hockey Now: The Colorado Avalanche are beginning to find their stride as former Predator Ryan Johansen is finding his role as the second line center in the Mile High City.
Detroit Hockey Now: The Detroit Red Wings are finding their offensive talent with new addition Alex DeBrincat being a major part of that.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby and head coach Mike Sullivan have not parsed their words in expressing frustrations over the performance thus far into the 2023-24 season. The Penguins seek to make progress and turn things around if they’re to avoid missing the playoffs for the second year in a row in the attempt to make new general manager Kyle Dubas’ inaugural season a success.
NHL.com: Edmonton Oiler’s captain Connor McDavid is set to be sidelined for one to two weeks with an upper body injury.
NHL.com: Calgary Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson has submitted an appeal through the NHLPA of his four game suspension from his hit on Columbus Blue Jackets forward Patrick Laine.
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