Chris Mueller Making A Case To Stick With Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators Mueller

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Through the ups and downs of the 2013 season, the Nashville Predators roster has undergone many changes. Injuries to key offensive producers has allowed many prospects to get a shot in the NHL, and some have made the most of their opportunity at the highest level. One of the players having a surprising good start is Chris Mueller, who has only been with the Predators for six games but has two goals and three points.

This is the third season in which Mueller has been recalled by the Predators, and he has already doubled his scoring totals from his previous 19 NHL games. He was signed by the Predators as a free agent after a collegiate career with Michigan State University that saw him score more than 40 goals. He has been one of the leading scorers for the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL the past three seasons and had 18 goals and 36 points this season before getting called up.

As the Predators continue to get healthy heading into the final month of the season, players like Mueller, Taylor Beck, Bobby Butler and Matt Halischuk will be competing for playing time. If Mueller can continue to produce when he does get in the lineup, he deserves a chance to be a part of the Predators plans moving forward. He is one of six Nashville forwards who will be a free agent at the end of the season (Nick Spaling, Patric Hornqvist, Butler, Halischuk and Brandon Yip) and it will be very interesting to see what the Predators do with these talented young forwards in the coming offseason.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.

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