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Predators Recall Goaltender Niclas Westerholm

Netminder Played Career-High 15 Games for SaiPa of the Finnish Elite League This Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (April 10, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has recalled goaltender Niclas Westerholm from the Finnish Elite League's SaiPa.

Westerholm, 21 (8/13/97), appeared in 15 games this season for SaiPa, a career best in his second professional campaign. He posted a 2.27 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and two shutouts - the best on his team in all categories - to help SaiPa qualify for the league playoffs. He made his pro debut last season with the club and played in four games, recording a 3.23 goals-against average and .898 save percentage.

Never drafted, the 6-foot-4, 198-pound goaltender has experience playing in North America, appearing in 28 games for Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl High School during the 2015-16 season. Westerholm spent five seasons with the Karhu-Kissat junior program from 2010-15, working his way from junior C to junior A prior to his time in Minnesota.

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Predators Recall Zac Rinaldo from Milwaukee

Forward had an Assist in Three Games on Long-Term Injury Loan

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (April 7, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Sunday that the team has recalled forward Zac Rinaldo from Milwaukee (AHL).

Rinaldo, 28 (6/15/90), had an assist and six penalty minutes in three games with the Admirals from April 3-6 while on long-term injury loan. The 5-foot-10, 192-pound winger appeared in 23 games for the Predators during the 2018-19 regular season and tallied a goal, two assists and 20 penalty minutes. He's skated in 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games in his career, all during his tenure with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2011-15. 

Originally drafted in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft by the Flyers, the Hamilton, Ont., native has notched 37 points (15g-22a) and 719 penalty minutes in 351 career NHL games.

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Preds Sign Defenseman Brandon Fortunato to Two-Year, Entry-Level Deal

Blueliner Set Career Highs in Assists and Points with Quinnipiac University This Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (April 5, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the team has signed defenseman Brandon Fortunato to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Fortunato, 22 (6/7/96), had a career-high 23 assists and 28 points in 26 games for Quinnipiac University this season, his senior campaign. Despite missing Quinnipiac's final 12 games of the season due to injury, he was second on his team in assists, tied for third in plus-minus (+15) and fourth in points. It was a 20-point improvement from his junior season - his second with the Bobcats - when he had eight points (5g-3a) in 37 contests. He ended his 2018-19 season with points in six straight games (3g-7a) and posted a five-point performance (5a) on Oct. 27 vs. American International, tied for the second-most in a game in Quinnipiac history. Fortunato began his NCAA career with Boston University in 2014-15 and had 40 points (6g-34a) in 79 games with the Terriers before transferring to Quinnipiac following his sophomore season.

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Preds Sign Forward Lukas Craggs to Two-Year, Entry-Level Deal

Forward had 25 Points in 35 Games for Bowling Green During his Junior Season, Helped Lead Falcons

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (April 5, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the team has signed forward Lukas Craggs to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Craggs, 22 (5/16/96), posted 13 goals and 25 points in 35 games for Bowling Green State University this season, helping the Falcons reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1990. He established career highs in goals (13), assists (12), points (25) and plus-minus (+18) during his junior season, and his 118 penalty minutes led the NCAA. Craggs scored an NCAA-leading six goals during December to earn his first WCHA Forward of the Month award and claimed two WCHA Forward of the Week nods during his three-year tenure at Bowling Green. In 116 games with the Falcons, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward tallied 54 points (30g-24a), seven game-winning goals, a +33 rating and 190 penalty minutes.

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Preds, Bridgestone Arena, KultureCity Nominated for StadiumBusiness Award

Organizations Up for 2019 Sustainability and Community Award

by Nashville Predators @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Predators and KultureCity have been nominated by StadiumBusiness for their 2019 Sustainability and Community Award thanks to sensory inclusion initiatives enacted by the organizations.

The Predators and the arena partnered with KultureCity - a leading nonprofit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs - in October of 2018 to accommodate and provide a positive experience for all guests and fans with sensory needs who visit Bridgestone Arena.

Sensory bags are available in the building and include noise-reducing headphones, fidget toys and a feelings thermometer.

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Preds Assign Forward Zac Rinaldo to Milwaukee on Long-Term Injury Loan

Forward has Three Points in 23 Games with Predators this Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (April 2, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the team has assigned forward Zac Rinaldo to Milwaukee (AHL) on long-term injury loan.

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Preds Recall Forward Miikka Salomaki from Milwaukee

Finnish Forward had Two Points in Three Games with Admirals

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (April 1, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the team has recalled forward Miikka Salomaki from Milwaukee (AHL).

Salomaki, 26 (3/9/93), picked up a goal and an assist in three games with the Admirals while on long-term injury loan from March 27 to 31. His goal in Sunday's victory over Grand Rapids was the game-winner and helped the Admirals moved into the fourth and final playoff spot in the AHL's Central Division with six regular-season games remaining. It was Salomaki's first AHL goal since the 2016-17 season - he now has 73 points (30g-43a) in 124 AHL contests.

In 37 games with the Predators this season, the 5-foot-11, 203-pound forward has seven points (3g-4a), three shy of his career high of 10 (5g-5a) set in 2015-16. Salomaki, who has missed Nashville's last 37 games with an upper-body injury, sits tied for sixth on the team in hits (72) and is averaging his most ice time (10:27) since the 2016-17 season (12:13). The Raahe, Finland, native has two points (1g-1a) in 28 career playoff games and appeared in eight of the Predators' postseason contests last season.

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Predators Recall Forward Austin Watson from Milwaukee

Watson Scored Four Goals in Two Games on Long-Term Injury Loan with Admirals

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (March 31, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Sunday that the team has recalled forward Austin Watson from Milwaukee (AHL).

Watson, 27 (1/13/92), scored four goals and had a +3 rating in two games with the Admirals while on long-term injury loan from March 27-30. Two of Watson's goals stood as the game-winners as Milwaukee extended its win streak to four games amidst a battle for a spot in the AHL's Calder Cup Playoffs. He scored twice in each of Milwaukee's wins over Rockford on Wednesday and Chicago on Saturday to give him 73 goals in 234 career AHL contests.

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Predators Reassign Goaltender Troy Grosenick to Milwaukee

Nashville Also Activates Defenseman Dan Hamhuis from Injured Reserve Ahead of Saturday's Game

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (March 30, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has reassigned goaltender Troy Grosenick to Milwaukee (AHL). Additionally, defenseman Dan Hamhuis has been activated from injured reserve.

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Predators Recall Goaltender Troy Grosenick from Milwaukee

Admirals Goaltender Recalled Under Emergency Conditions with Saros Ill

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (March 29, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the team has recalled goaltender Troy Grosenick from Milwaukee (AHL) under emergency conditions.

Grosenick, 29 (8/27/89), is 19-14-5 in 40 games played for the Admirals this season, his first with the club. He currently sits tied for seventh in the AHL in save percentage (.917) and 11th in goals-against average (2.49) and minutes played (2,316:55). The 6-foot-1 goaltender represented the Admirals at the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic - his second appearance at the event - and is a veteran of 18 Calder Cup Playoff games, going 9-7 with two shutouts.

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