Predators recall young center acquired in Legwand trade

The Nashville Predators will get their first look at the player they got in the trade that sent David Legwand to Detroit just before the NHL’s trade deadline.

Calle Jarnkrok, a 22-year-old center, was recalled Thursday, a day after Paul Gaustad was injured in a 2-0 loss at Vancouver.

The expectation is that Jarnkrok will make his NHL debut when the Predators play at Calgary on Friday (8 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee) in the third of a four-game road trip. Nashville is winless and has been outscored 7-1 at the halfway point of that trip.

The early returns on Jarnkrok have been promising. He has seven points (five goals, two assists) in five games at Milwaukee since the trade.

Thus far, though, none of the forwards who started the season in the AHL and have been recalled by the Predators have made much of an impact. Colton Sissons currently is on the NHL roster but has just two assists in 10 games. Taylor Beck has no points in seven appearances over two separate stints and Simon Moser has a goal and an assist in six contests.

With any sort of offensive production, Jarnkrok can put himself in position at the head of a group of young forwards who will get far more consideration next training camp than they did in the one prior to this season.