The Nashville Predators recalled forward Taylor Beck from their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, on Tuesday and could have him in the lineup for his NHL debut when they face the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. Beck was a third round pick of the Predators in the 2009 draft and leads the Admirals in scoring despite playing in only 50 of the team’s 60 games this season. He will join his Admirals teammates and fellow recent call-ups Victor Bartley and Chris Mueller on the Predators roster as the team continues to try and find their scoring touch. Beck will be replacing Sergei Kostitsyn, who is being benched tonight after his bad play directly led to Sunday’s loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
Beck played four years of junior hockey for the Guelph Storm, and scored a career-high 42 goals and 95 points during the 2010-11 season, his last season before turning pro. As an AHL rookie last season he scored 16 goals and added 24 assists, good enough for third on the team. Beck has 11 goals and 41 points this season, leading an Admirals team that also includes top prospects Austin Watson and Michael Latta.
The Predators have lost three straight games and sit in 12th place in the Western Conference, but are in reality only one or two wins from being back in playoff contention. Forwards Colin Wilson, Patric Hornqvist and Paul Gaustad remain sidelined with injuries. Kostitsyn was having a disappointing season before his boneheaded play on Sunday, so if Beck shows the Predators something tonight he might be able to stick around for more than one game.