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Preds Prospect Report: Nov. 8

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
The emergence of Chris Mueller continues.

Mueller, a 25-year-old forward with the Milwaukee Admirals, is making some significant strides this season and putting himself in position to make another appearance in Nashville. Last season, he played 15 games with the Predators and had three assists.

He has played eight games in Milwaukee this year and is tied for the team lead in points (seven) with Kyle Wilson.

“He is a hard working, two-way type centerman,” Milwaukee head coach Kirk Muller said. “For him going into this year, I think his expectations are high. He got a taste in Nashville and is one of our key guys down here. What he is realizing is the identity of his own game, which is to be a two-way, tenacious, hardworking player who is dependable and reliable. If he plays that way, and doesn’t play with any shortcuts to his game, the offensive production will happen for him. He has to do those little things in his game to make him a good hockey player. He realizes that is the style he needs to play. In other words, it’s work before the finesse game. If he does that, he should keep progressing.”

Here’s a look at some other prospects…

American Hockey League
F Ryan Thang: Continues to play well for Milwaukee after a brief call-up to Nashville. He leads the Admirals in goals (five) and in +/- rating (+8).

G Jeremy Smith: Is 4-1-1, leads the AHL in goals against average (1.60) and ranks second in save percentage (.942)

Canadian Hockey League
D Charles-Olivier Roussel (Saint John, QMJHL) ranks first in the QMJHL in +/- rating (+22)

F Austin Watson (Peterborough, OHL) has a four game scoring streak, with game-winning goals in two of those four games (one a shorthanded goal). After a slow start to the season, Watson now has seven goals and 15 points in 18 games.

D Garrett Noonan (Boston University) has two goals and a +/- rating of +6 in the first seven games of his sophomore season. Noonan is the only BU defenseman with goal so far this season.

RW Cameron Reid (St. Cloud State) has 11 points in the first 11 games of his sophomore season. Has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last six games, helping lead St. Cloud State to a 3-1-2 mark in the span.

European prospects
D Mattias Ekholm (Brynas, Sweden) has one goal, one assist in his first six games back in Sweden.

LW Linus Klasen (Malmo, Sweden-2) is first in the Allsvenskan in points (24), power play goals (six) and assists (16). Klasen also ranks ninth in league goals with eight.

RW Alexander Radulov (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL) is tied for fourth in NHL in assists (14) and tied for eighth in points (21).

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