Gortz was traded to Anaheim in exchange for Andrew O'Brien on Thursday.
The two teams swapped minor league wingers, but both have been speculated to see some NHL time in the near future. With four points in 31 games for AHL Milwaukee, Gortz isn't a scoring threat, and wouldn't be expected to be one if called up.
Gortz has a chance to see some time at the NHL level next season, according to Dean Evason, coach of the Milwaukee Admirals. "He's close to getting a shot," Evason said of Gortz, "but in order for him to get that shot, he just needs one more gear in his stride. He'll find that this summer."
After spending a relatively unremarkable four seasons in Sweden (58 points in 161 games), Gortz turned a lot of heads this year after arriving in North America, finishing second in Ads scoring with 47 points in 72 games. In all likelihood, the 23-year-old Swede will open next season in Milwaukee, but could be in line for a promotion if he continues to perform well. Keep him on your long-term radar.
Gortz scored a goal and two assists for the AHL Milwaukee Admirals in a 3-0 win over Grand Rapids on Tuesday. It was his third consecutive three-point game, and he now owns a seven-game scoring streak, accumulating 12 points over that span.
Gortz has been lights out for the Ads this season, his first in the AHL after spending the previous four seasons playing in Sweden. The 22-year-old Gortz is currently second in team scoring with 21 points (7G, 14A) in 28 games. Given his strong play this season, he could be in line for an NHL callup if the Predators run into injury trouble. In the meantime, he's a decent long-term hold in keeper formats. Keep your eye on him.