Magnus Hellberg - Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua @lenspower

Magnus Hellberg – Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua @lenspower

The Nashville Predators have issued the following statement this morning:

“Nashville, Tenn. (October 24, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg (MAG-nuhs HEL-buhrg) from Milwaukee (AHL) under emergency conditions.

Hellberg, 22 (4/4/91), in three starts this season, has posted a 1-2-0 record, a 2.23 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. In his first North American professional season in 2012-13, the Uppsala, Sweden native tied for second among AHL goaltenders in shutouts (6), while ranking fourth in goals-against average (2.14) and save percentage (.924). He also ranked third in 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs goals-against average (1.69) and save percentage (.944).

Nashville’s first choice, 38th overall (second round), in the 2011 Entry Draft, the 6-6, 195-pounder is on Twitter @Mulle45.”

This news comes after it was revealed that goaltender Pekka Rinne will be out a minimum 4 weeks:

 

 

Earlier this morning, Rinne’s agent, Jay Grossman, issued the following:

 

 

Jim Diamond reports the following from David Poile:

 

 

 

It looks like David Poile is confident in Hutton and Hellberg:


This will be a true test of the Predators’ goaltending. Carter Hutton and Hellberg only have a combined two NHL starts (both coming from Hutton). As it has been said many times before, goaltending coach Mitch Korn is a sorcerer when it comes to developing goaltenders. With the Preds about to embark on their lengthy 7-game road trip later this week, they will certainly be put to the test.