The Nashville Predators made multiple roster moves, recalling forwards Egor Afanasyev and Mark Jankowski from AHL Milwaukee while assigning winger Philip Tomasino to Milwaukee. These transactions bring the Predators to a full 23-player roster with two extra forwards as injury insurance. Tomasino, despite a strong scoring record, has been a healthy scratch in three of the last seven games, prompting questions about his development. Afanasyev, a 23-year-old with impressive AHL stats, is set to make his first NHL appearance of the season. Jankowski, a 29-year-old veteran, has also been brought up from the AHL and will compete for fourth-line ice time. Both Afanasyev and Jankowski are in the final year of their entry-level contracts and face the prospect of waivers heading into next season.By the Numbers
- Tomasino had 12 goals and 32 points in 38 games with Milwaukee last season.
- Afanasyev leads Milwaukee in goals with 21 and has 42 points in 42 games.
- Jankowski has posted 15 goals and 47 points through 40 games with Milwaukee this season.
- Tomasino, despite his strong scoring pace, has been a healthy scratch in three of the last seven games. His development and usage raise questions.
- Afanasyev is set to make his first NHL appearance of the season, showcasing his promising AHL performance.
- Jankowski, a veteran, will be competing for fourth-line ice time after being brought up from the AHL.
The Predators' roster moves signal a mix of strategic roster management and a focus on bringing up promising AHL talent while also providing opportunities for experienced veterans.
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