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2012-13 Preds Prospects In Review

by Kevin Wilson / Nashville Predators


Team went 15-4-1 in its final 20 games of the regular season to claim the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot by one point… It is the Admirals AHL-record 11th consecutive Calder Cup Playoff appearance.

Magnus Hellberg – Tied for second in shutouts (6)… Ranked fourth among all netminders in goals-against average (2.14) and save percentage (.924)… Named AHL Player of the Week on April 22 after posting a 4-0-0 record, a 1.50 goals-against average, a .936 save percentage and two shutouts in the final week of the regular season… Named AHL Goalie of the Month for March after posting a 6-1-0 record, a 1.36 goals-against average, a .950 save percentage and two shutouts.

Mattias Ekholm – Tied for ninth among rookie defensemen in goals (10), and ranked ninth among rookie blueliners in points (10g-22a-32pts).

Austin Watson – Tied for fifth in rookie goal scoring (20)… Tied for 18th in rookie points (20g-17a-37pts).


Josh Shalla– A 2013 ECHL All-Star… Ranked seventh in the ECHL in goals per game, and fourth among league rookies (.57)… Notched a hat trick on Feb. 26 vs. Trenton, his final ECHL game before being recalled to Milwaukee for the remainder of the season.


Mikko Vainonen (Kingston) – Tied for the team lead in points during the postseason with three (2g-1a) in four games.


Brendan Leipsic (Portland) – Co-recipient of the 2013 Bobby Clarke Award as Western Hockey League scoring champion and the Chrysler/Dodge Top Scorer of the Year as Canadian Hockey League scoring champion after posting 120 points (49g-71a) in 68 games for the Portland Winterhawks in 2012-13… The first Portland Winterhawk to win the Canadian Hockey League scoring title since 1996-97 (Todd Robinson)… Finished first in WHL goals, second in assists and tied for fourth in plus/minus (+55) in 2012-13… Named WHL Player of the Month for November 2013 and earned Player of the Week honors twice in 2012-13 (Nov. 26 and April 1)… Helped Portland win the 2013 Scotty Munro Trophy as regular-season champions, the Ed Chynoweth Cup as league playoff champions, and reach the Memorial Cup Final… Ranked fourth in the 2013 WHL Playoffs in points, fifth in goals, eighth in assists (10g-14a-24pts) and tied for second in penalty minutes (41)… Led all skaters in penalty minutes (12) at the 2013 Memorial Cup.

Colton Sissons (Kelowna) – Finished the season ranked ninth in WHL plus/minus rating (+43)… Named Team MVP… Missed 11 regular-season games and the playoffs due to injury.


Zach Stepan (Waterloo) – Finished the regular season first in the USHL in game-winning goals (9), third in points, 4th in assists and T-6th in goals… Named USHL Forward of the Week four times in 2012-13 (April 8, Jan. 7, Nov. 26 and Oct. 29).


Chase Balisy (Western Michigan, CCHA) – Ranked third in the CCHA in power-play goals, and eighth in power-play points (6g-7a-13pts)… Tied for third in the conference in shorthanded goals (2) and for seventh in game-winning goals (3)… Tied for the Western Michigan team lead in points… Western Michigan’s nominee for the CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for the second consecutive season. He has the top GPA among WMU upper classmen at 3.70 in finance.

Zach Budish (Minnesota, WCHA) – Captained the Gophers during his redshirt junior season… Helped Minnesota claim is second consecutive MacNaughton Cup as conference champs… Named to the All-WCHA Academic Team for the third consecutive season… Tied for 11th in WCHA points (14g-22a-36pts)… Finished the season with 30 points (13g-17a) in his final 30 collegiate games.

Nick Oliver (St. Cloud State, WCHA) – Helped the Huskies advance to the Frozen Four for the first time in school history.

Garrett Noonan (Boston University, Hockey East) – Ranked sixth in the nation in penalty minutes (94)... Tied for eighth among Hockey East defensemen in points (6g-13a-19pts).

Jimmy Vesey (Harvard, ECAC) – Ranked fourth among ECAC freshmen in goals, and tied for eighth among conference rookies in points (11g-7a-18pts)… Helped the United States claim gold at the 2013 World Junior Championships, posting five points (1g-4a) in seven games.


Pontus Aberg (Djurgarden, Allsvenskan) – Posted 24 points (6g-18a) in his last 20 regular-season games to lead the team, finish tied for 13th in league scoring and first among Allsvenskan junior players (12g-28a-40pts)… Also tied for eighth among all skaters – and led all junior players – in assists.

Atte Engren (TPS Turku, SM-Liiga) – Ranked fifth in league save percentage (.924) despite TPS finishing 13th in 14-team league… Also finished sixth in SM-Liiga games played (47).

Filip Forsberg (Leksand, Allsvenskan) – Ranked second in goals and tied for eighth in points (5g-4a-9pts, 9gp) during qualification play to help Leksand earn promotion to the Elitserien next season… Won the Gold Cage Award as the Allsvenskan's junior player of the year… During the regular season, led all juniors in goals, and ranked second in points to Aberg (15g-18a-33pts)… Captained Sweden to a silver medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships… Named to the WJC All-Star Team and one of Sweden’s top three players at the tournament.

Max Gortz (Farjestad, Elitserien and Farjestad Juniors, Sweden Jr.) – Ranked third among Elitserien junior players in goals (9), and fourth in points (15)... Helped Farjestad's junior club claim a bronze medal in the J20 Playoffs... Ranked eighth in points-per game in the J20 Playoffs (1.25).

Linus Klasen (Lulea, Elitserien) – Helped Lulea reach the Elitserien Finals… Tied for the postseason lead in points (4g-8a-12pts).

Marek Mazanec (HC Plzen, Czech Tipsport Extraliga) – Led Plzen to its first Czech League title with a Game 7 double-OT victory, stopping 48-of-51 shots. Posted a 2.16 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage in the League Finals... Ranked fourth in playoff goals-against average (2.13) & sixth in save percentage (.932) and tied for second in shutouts (2) (min. 200 minutes)… Finished the regular season sixth in Czech Extraliga goals-against average (2.49).

Chet Pickard (Djurgarden, Allsvenskan) – Ranked third among Allsvenskan goaltenders in goals-against average (2.15), save percentage (.918) and shutouts (5)… Also tied for fourth in games played (45).

Alexander Radulov (CSKA Moscow, KHL) – Led the KHL in assists (46), ranked second in league in points (68), tied for third in game-winning goals (6) and ranked sixth in goals (22).

Miikka Salomaki (Karpat, SM-Liiga) – Represented Finland at the World Junior Championships for the third consecutive year, tying for eighth among all tournament skaters in points (3g-5a-8pts, 6gp), while tying for 10th in assists.

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