There's a lot of Preds chatter on Twitter that Taylor Beck is on his way to join the Predators from Milwaukee, which may result in him making his NHL debut, so Gaustad's move to IR may be to clear out that roster spot. That move has not been made official, however.
It's the lack of a defensive game and attempts at "cute" plays that I think will inhibit him with Trotz, but maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised.
I agree. Most of the time, Beck doesn't try to get cute. I would like to see him go to the net more directly. He is so far up the ice, that defense isn't much of an option. He is more of an assist guy than a goal scorer at the moment.