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Preds Prospect Report: Oct. 21

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
The Milwaukee Admirals have opened the season 3-0-0 and is getting production from everyone. Goaltender Jeremy Smith is currently fourth in the AHL in goals against average (1.63) and has saved 65 of 70 shots. Forward Chris Mueller leads the team with six points (2 goals, 4 assists), while fellow forward Ryan Thang leads the team with three goals.

At the amateur level, forward Chase Balisy (a 2011 sixth round pick) is off to a torrid start with seven points in four games for Western Michigan University, while Austin Watson (OHL) and Brent Andrews (QMJHL) have shown the knack for finding the scoresheet. Also good to see power-forward Zach Budish back on the ice. Budish was having a great start last season when he injured his knee in an off-ice accident; Budish has returned with three points in his first four games this year for University of Minnesota. A second round pick in the 2009 Draft, Budish has a rare combination of deft scoring touch in a linebacker-sized body (6-3, 223).

The "European wing" of Nashville's 2011 draft class is making its presence felt across the Ocean. Goaltender Magnus Hellberg, the team's first pick in 2011, has allowed just three goals combined in his first two starts of the year for Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League, posting a .933 save percentage in the process.  Forward Miikka Salomaki, the team's 2011 second pick, has five goals and seven points with 20 penalty minutes in 10 games in the Finish Elite League. The team's fifth round pick, defenseman Simon Karlsson, is ripping through the Swedish Junior League with nine assists in his first 11 games, tied for third in the entire league in assists.

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