While there’s plenty of fun to be had in the surf and sand in South Florida this weekend, we here at NashvillePredators.com are here for a different purpose. The 2015 NHL Draft gets underway on Friday from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, and we’ll have a slew of written and video coverage to chronicle the events over the coming days.
While there’s plenty of content to come throughout the weekend, we’ve already got lots for you to peruse, including scouting reports on potential Preds picks, chats with Nashville Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty and a video preview as well.
Be on the lookout for thoughts from General Manager David Poile, Head Coach Peter Laviolette, plus all you’ll need to know about those who will become the newest Preds just a short time from now.
You can watch Round 1 on Friday night at 6 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network, then catch Rounds 2-7 on Saturday on the NHL Network. Check out the live draft board here, and follow them live on the Smashville App on your smartphone. And of course, stay tuned to NashvillePredators.com and PredsTV for all the latest on the Draft.Drafting Arvidsson, Smith Shows Meticulous Planning of Preds’ ScoutsIt’s not much of a secret that a large number of NHL Draft picks never play in the very League they’ve pursued since close to birth, and even fewer skate at hockey’s highest level the season after which they’re drafted. Due to the odds stacked against each prospect they select, Nashville Predators Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty and Co. feel a wealth of pride when they see a draftee rise.
Kealty, Preds' Scouts Plan and Prepare for Draft Day
While the Nashville Predators coaching staff prefers to take things one game at a time on the ice, the club’s scouting staff is always preparing for what’s ahead.
Now that the month of June has arrived, the culmination of the Predators scouts’ year-long preparations are about to be realized at the 2015 NHL Draft, set to be held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, in just three weeks’ time... Read More
Seth Jones Eager for Brother to Join Him in the NHLA second member of the Jones family is seeking to join the ranks of prospects selected into hockey’s highest level. Caleb Jones, the younger brother of Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones and son of former NBA player Ronald Jerome "Popeye" Jones, will learn his draft selection on either June 26 or 27 - just two years after Seth went No. 4 overall to the Preds
...Read MorePredators Roster Finds Genesis at Draft
Of the 34 players who sported a Nashville Predators sweater at any point during the 2014-15 campaign, 17 of them were originally drafted by the team. That's not a bad ratio.
Defensemen like Seth Jones and Ryan Ellis and forwards such as Colin Wilson and Kevin Fiala, all highly-touted prospects...Read More
Potential Preds: 2015 NHL Draft Scouting Report — Centers
We here at NashvillePredators.com will attempt to identify some names that may become well known throughout Smashville in due time.
To start out, here’s a look at five skaters at the center position who could be available come Round Two
Potential Preds: 2015 NHL Draft Scouting Report — Wingers
The Nashville Predators saw two of the wingers they drafted in the 2014 NHL Draft play with the big club in the campaign immediately following their selection. Kevin Fiala and Viktor Arvidsson quickly showed they have a role to play in Nashville last season, and Preds scouts will be looking for similar success next week during 2015’s edition of the Draft.
Potential Preds: 2015 NHL Draft Scouting Report — Defensemen
Over the years, the Nashville Predators have seen success through the NHL Draft, particularly with the selection of defensemen. Just take Shea Weber for example. Or Roman Josi. Maybe Seth Jones. Ryan Ellis, too.
Sure, there are plenty of blueliners in the Preds system
Preds' Stars Stand Out from Draft Competition
The Preds have done well beyond the first 30 picks before, however, with a number of players taken in later rounds on the club’s active roster.
Defensemen Shea Weber and Roman Josi, forward Craig Smith as well as goaltender Pekka Rinne, were all taken in the second round or later