The Nashville Predators trimmed their roster again on Wednesday as forwards Steve Moses and Colton Sissons, and goaltender Juuse Saros were assigned to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.
Additionally, forward Cody Bass was placed on waivers with the intention of assigning him to Milwaukee, which leaves Nashville’s roster at 25 players.
Moses, a 26-year-old winger transitioning to the NHL after three seasons with Jokerit of Finland, is one of the four skaters who finds himself in a position different than the one he intended to be in come Oct. 8 and the start of the Preds regular season schedule.
Head Coach Peter Laviolette believes acclimating to the smaller North American ice via some time in the AHL could benefit the speedy forward.
“He’s still a player that we’re counting on to be somebody who can produce for us, but I think that there’s a learning curve in coming back [to North America],” Laviolette said of Moses. “The best way to get to that is probably to get to Milwaukee and try to figure that out. Being the extra guy or an extra guy here, I don’t think is going to help, so going there and playing some games is probably the quickest way to try and make it back here.”
Moses, who inked a one-year deal with the Preds last April after setting the single-season goal-scoring record with 36 goals in the Kontinental Hockey League last season, has the offensive abilities to compete at high levels, and Laviolette believes Moses can still help the Preds in due time.
“[It’s] an opportunity to go down [to Milwaukee] and really try to find the offensive part of the game, with regard to the way the style is played over here with regard to the rinks [will help],” Laviolette said. “[He can] probably play with a couple of guys that are still [on the Nashville roster], so I think there are a couple of things that factored into it.”
While more players have been assigned elsewhere, training camp isn’t over, and with 25 players on the current roster, the Preds will still have decisions to make to get down to the necessary 23 players by Tuesday, Oct. 6.
“We’ve still got some work to do here,” Laviolette said. “Overall it’s been a good camp, we’ve put a lot of things in place and worked on a lot of different things, but typically when the end of camp comes, guys are happy about that.”