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Nashville again turns to talented youth movement

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Predators are coming off their first Western Conference semifinal appearance and sticking with the same approach that took them farther in the playoffs than ever before.

Nashville has once again replaced aging or pricey veterans with young talent acquired through the draft in what's called the Predator Way.

They unloaded so many veterans this offseason that fans feared another fire sale similar to 2007 before the team was sold. Gone are Joel Ward, Marcel Goc, Cody Franson, Steve Sullivan and Shane O'Brien.

General manager David Poile says drafting has been good with young players having good upside. He says with all due respect the Predators didn't win the Stanley Cup, and that's the goal. He sees a group putting Nashville in position to be more competitive for more years.

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