As expected, the Nashville Predators further reduced their roster to 23 healthy non-waived players today by sending Ryan Ellis to Milwaukee and placing Kyle Wilson on waivers according to multiple sources at Centennial Sportsplex.
Ryan Porth has the audio from Barry Trotz's announcement.
Mike Fisher and Francis Bouillon are still officially on the roster but appear headed to Injured Reserve. There was indication that Mattias Ekholm's status was still being evaluated.
Earlier today we had our post with Barry Trotz's thoughts about the players on the bubble and he was very positive about Ellis and his progress in camp. There is little doubt that he will play in Nashville at some point this season.
Wilson was the likely pick to be the odd man out based on playing time and the positive reviews of the others in camp. It is unclear if the Preds will further reduce the roster prior to opening day.
There is also the possibility as we pointed out here, that the Preds could still make a trade or pick up someone on the waiver wire. So while the roster appears set, there is a history of pick-ups at the end of camp.
Make the jump to read the full release on Ryan Ellis from the Predators...
NASHVILLE PREDATORS ASSIGN ELLIS TO MILWAUKEE
-Roster now sits at 26 -
Nashville, Tenn. (October 3, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Ryan Ellis to the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals.
Ellis, 20 (1/3/91), posted one assist and a +3 rating while suiting up for five of Nashville’s 2011 preseason contests.
The transactions leave Nashville’s Training Camp roster at 26 players – 16 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders. Players by position currently participating in camp are as follows:
FORWARDS (16): Niclas Bergfors, Martin Erat, Mike Fisher, Blake Geoffrion, Matt Halischuk, Patric Hornqvist, Sergei Kostitsyn, David Legwand, Cal O'Reilly, Craig Smith, Jerred Smithson, Nick Spaling, Zack Stortini, Jordin Tootoo, Colin Wilson and Kyle Wilson
DEFENSEMEN (8): Teemu Laakso, Jonathon Blum, Francis Bouillon, Mattias Ekholm, Jack Hillen, Kevin Klein, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber
GOALTENDERS (2): Anders Lindback and Pekka Rinne.
The Nashville Predators closed out their eight-game preseason with a record of 7-1-0, culminating with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Games start counting on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8 with back-to-back road contests to open the 2011-12 regular season against Central Division foes Columbus (7 p.m. CT, FOX Sports Tennessee) and St. Louis (7 p.m. CT, FOX Sports Tennessee). The Preds home opener comes the following Thursday, Oct. 13 when the Phoenix Coyotes come to Smashville (7 p.m. on SportSouth).
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