The Nashville Predators prospects rallied to a 4-2 victory over Washington on Tuesday morning, to emerge from the 2015 Rookie Tournament with a 2-1-0 record.
“It was a real good tournament for our rookies,” Predators Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty said. “We’re really solid throughout and we seemed to get better and better. I thought we probably played our best game in the win against Washington.”
A year after hosting the tournament at the then-newly opened Ford Ice Center, the Preds were led to a first-place tie in the tournament standings by Viktor Arvidsson’s four points in Estero, Florida. Combining with Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros recording both Predators wins in his North American debut and Arvidsson finishing in second in tournament scoring, the Preds six power-play goals pushed them past the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals in their final two tournament contests.
“We saw what we always see from him in terms of his speed and tenacity,” Kealty said of Arvidsson. “He wants the puck, makes plays, creates scoring chances; he’s one of the more experienced guys on the team, you expect that out of him and he showed well.”
Arvidsson, along with forward Kevin Fiala (2g,1a) and several other players from the prospect team, will now turn his attention to Predators Training Camp that opens on Thursday in Nashville. The camp’s current roster of 57 players will begin with off-ice testing and meetings before taking to the ice for their first session on Friday at Centennial Sportsplex. (A camp schedule may be seen here, with all on-ice sessions at Centennial Sportsplex open to the public).
Nashville’s top scorers at the 2015 Rookie Tournament were as follows: