The Nashville Predators assigned Nick Spaling, who did not record a point in four preseason appearances, to Milwaukee (AHL) on Monday.
That reduced the Nashville roster to 29 players (18 forwards, nine defensemen, two goalies).
League rules mandate that teams must be down to 23 by 2 p.m. (CDT) Thursday. The Predators’ 29 includes defenseman Francis Bouillon, who currently is in camp on a ‘professional tryout agreement.’
Bouillon scored a goal Sunday in his first preseason appearance.
Spaling, a second-round pick in 2007, made his professional debut last season and had 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) in 79 games for the Admirals. He added three assists in 11 playoff contests.
He played 13:44 in Sunday’s 4-2 victory at Columbus but did not have a shot on goal and lost all three faceoffs he took. He did see regular action as a penalty killer.
Spaling was one of Nashville’s top offensive performers in the two rookie scrimmages with Atlanta with one goal in each game plus an assist in the first.