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Poile Talks Free Agency, Offseason Plans as Preds Finish Draft

Nashville General Manager Prepares for Free Agency as Preds Look to Replace Offensive Output of James Neal

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

A general manager's work is never quite done.

With the 2017 NHL Draft in the rearview mirror, and just days after being named the 2017 NHL General Manager of the Year, Predators GM David Poile will be working the phones on Sunday, leading straight into the commencement of the July 1 free-agency signing period, looking to see what may be available to his team this offseason.

Poile addressed that, as well as the potential for a trade as he and his staff will continue to explore their options this summer after losing forward James Neal to Vegas in the Expansion Draft.

Whether or not something transpires remains to be seen, but Poile certainly did his due diligence in Chicago.

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Preds Choose 'Smooth Skating' in Six-Pick Draft

Nashville Picks Three Forwards, Two Defensemen and One Goaltender in 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After picking Finnish forward Eeli Tolvanen in Round One on Friday night, the Nashville Predators returned to select five more players on the second and final day of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago.

First up on Saturday for the Preds in Round Two was Grant Mismash, a center from Edina, Minnesota. Mismash skated predominantly for the U.S. National Team Development Program (U18) during the 2016-17 season, recording 26 goals and 61 points to go along with 106 penalty minutes in 56 games, with his 61 points tying for the team lead.

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Preds Pick Sharp-Shooting, Finnish Forward Tolvanen at No. 30

Winger From Sioux City Musketeers Piled Up 54 Points in 52 Games

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

As Eeli Tolvanen watched the Nashville Predators play in the Stanley Cup Final just a couple of weeks ago, he witnessed the electric atmosphere inside Bridgestone Arena, then saw tens of thousands of fans on Broadway and had one thought - it would be unbelievable to play there.

On Friday night in Chicago, that thought became much closer to reality.

With the 30th selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Preds selected the Finnish forward to make him the newest member of the Nashville organization.

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Year of Work for Preds Scouts Set to Culminate at NHL Draft

Nashville Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty and Staff Prepared for Pick No. 30 in Round One

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Things may be relatively quiet at Nashville's table for the first couple of hours on Friday night.

If the transaction wire remains stagnant, the Predators won't head to the stage until pick No. 30 of the First Round of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, the first chance of the weekend to add what could be their next star.

And while the waiting can be the hardest part - as clubs ahead in the order select players who may have been on Nashville's short list of targets - that's the way it goes when you're the Western Conference Champions.

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Preds Open 2017-18 Season Season on Road vs. Bruins, Penguins

Predators Begin 20th Season, Presented by Fifth Third Bank, on October 5 on the Road

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (June 22, 2017) - The Nashville Predators begin their 20th season with two road games against Boston and Pittsburgh on Oct. 5 and 7, respectively, before the 2017-18 campaign, presented by Fifth Third Bank, heads back to Smashville. The season arrives at Bridgestone Arena for a two-day home stand against Philadelphia on Oct. 10 - with the raising of the Western Conference Champion Banner - and Dallas on Oct. 12 for exciting weekday matchups. The month of October sees the Preds face off against nine different opponents, two of which were postseason rivals during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff run.

After two on the road and two at home, the Preds will face the Blackhawks in Chicago on Oct. 14, their first meeting since the Preds swept them in their Round One series of the 2017 postseason. A short month later on Nov. 11, the Preds will play host to Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, the first time playing against each other in Smashville since Game Six of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Later that month, the team will face their Round Two rival, St. Louis, on Nov. 24, the first of two road games against the Blues. The Preds will see their first of four, four-game home stands close the month of November and enter December. 

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Kevin Fiala Takes to the Ice for First Time Since Injury

Nashville Forward Shares Instagram Photo of His First Skate Since Breaking Femur in Playoffs

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The good news keeps coming in the remarkable recovery of Predators forward Kevin Fiala

The 20-year-old winger, who suffered a broken femur in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, is way ahead of schedule in his recovery and a photo on Instagram on Thursday helped to show just how far. 

Fiala posted a photo to Instagram of his first skate at Bridgestone Arena since his injury in Game One against the St. Louis Blues on April 26.

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Six Characteristics: Preds 2017-18 Regular-Season Schedule

Stanley Cup Final Rematch in Season's Second Game; Golden Knights Visit Nashville in November

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators 20th anniversary season and defense of their Western Conference title will commence on Thursday, Oct. 5 versus the Boston Bruins.

The full 2017-18 regular-season schedules for the now 31 NHL clubs were revealed on Tuesday afternoon by the NHL, and below we have the Preds' highlights you need to know.

Click here to see the schedule in list or calendar view (may take a few minutes to populate) and click here to sync the schedule to you mobile device or computer (if you've already synced through Stanza, your calendar will automatically update).

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Preds Development Camp Opens June 26

Prospects, Recent Draft Picks Converge on Nashville in Final Week of June for Annual Development Camp

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (June 21, 2017) - Many of the Nashville Predators top prospects - including 2016 first-round pick Dante Fabbro, second-rounders Sam Girard, Yakov Trenin and Jack Dougherty, and many of the prospects to be selected by the club at this weekend's 2017 Draft in Chicago - will be on hand when the team's 2017 Development Camp officially opens on Monday, June 26 with team presentations, off-ice testing and on-ice skating work. Prospects will hold their first practice on Tuesday morning, with an on-ice session also scheduled for Thursday, June 29 at Centennial Sportsplex. The week will culminate with a Future Stars Game to be held Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena. General admission tickets to the game are available for a $10 donation ($5 for Season-Ticket Citizens) to the Ford Ice Center Scholarship Fund. 

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David Poile Named 2017 NHL General Manager of the Year

Nashville's GM Wins Award for First Time After Fourth Nomination

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

David Poile called it an organizational award, but he deserves as much credit as anyone.

The Predators general manager was named the 2017 NHL General Manager of the Year on Wednesday night at the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, winning the award for the first time in his fourth nomination for the honor since its inception in 2010, the most of any GM.

The upcoming campaign will be Poile's 36th as a general manager, making him the longest-serving GM in NHL history, set to move past Jack Adams and Glen Sather. His tenure - dating back to the 1982-83 season with Washington - has spanned 2,625 games and 1,282 wins, ranking him second only to Sather (2,700 games, 1,319 wins).

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Preds Lose James Neal to Vegas in Expansion Draft, Look to Future

David Poile Disappointed to Lose Neal But Ready for What's Next

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The business the side of the game doesn't always fall favorably.

Predators General Manager David Poile knew all along there was a potential for his club to lose one of its better players to the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. On Wednesday, as the League's newest franchise selected one player from each of the remaining 30 clubs, it came to fruition.

James Neal, a member of Nashville's leadership team and a 20-goal scorer in each of his nine NHL seasons, was selected by the Golden Knights in the Expansion Draft during the official announcement throughout the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

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