Predators Report: Prospect News & Notes

By Brian Roe

Haydar Honored

Forward Darren Haydar has been named to the American Hockey League All-Rookie Team. Haydar becomes the first Milwaukee Admiral voted onto the team since the Admirals joined the AHL in 2001. Haydar leads the Admirals in goals (27) and assists (44). The 23-year old has also played in two games with the Nashville Predators, registering no points. Haydar joins notable NHL prospects Jason Spezza and Filip Novak on the AHL All-Rookie Team.

Shishkanov Stays Hot

Timofei Shishkanov scored eight points (three goals, five assists) in his first three Quebec Major Junior Hockey League postseason contests. Shishkanov had one of the best statistical seasons a Predators’ prospect has registered, scoring 84 points (36 goals, 46 assists) in 51 games. Barring a tremendous training camp, the former second-round draft choice will probably begin next season in Milwaukee of the AHL.

Slovak Raising Eyebrows

Defensemen Tomas Slovak may be on his way to earning the Nashville Predators back-to-back WHL all-star representatives. Slovak is almost a lock for an all-star spot after posting 73 points (18 goals, 53 assists) this season. Last year, Dan Hamhuis represented the Predators as a WHL First Team All-Star member. It is expected that the Predators will offer Slovak a contract during the summer.

Six is Magic Number

The Milwaukee Admirals won for the fourth time in five games on Friday, winning 6-4 over the San Antonio Rampage. The Admirals have five games remaining this season and need six points to clinch a post-season birth. Milwaukee is locked in a close battle with four other teams for the final four playoff positions in the AHL’s Western Conference.

Kloucek Hurt

Tomas Kloucek, one of the key players acquired from the New York Rangers for goaltender Mike Dunham, recently suffered a fractured shoulder that will likely end his season. This season has been injury-riddled for the 6-3 defensemen. Kloucek has also endured knee surgery and battled concussions this year. Even with the mounting injuries, Nashville management is still expecting Kloucek to battle for a roster spot in training camp next fall.

Speedy Sim Makes Quick Exit

In case you missed it, forward Jon Sim’s rendezvous with the Nashville Predators lasted less than a month when the Los Angeles Kings claimed him off waivers at the trade deadline. Sim was traded from Dallas for popular defensemen Andy "Bubba" Berenzweig on February 17. Sim, who was a popular name on the Nashville’s healthy scratch list, played in only four games with the Predators, posting just one goal in those games. Since the Kings claimed him, he has played in nine contests, registering one point.