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Camp update: Preds reassign eight

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned forwards Mark Santorelli (Chilliwack, WHL), Viktor Sjodin (Portland, WHL) and Nick Spaling (Kitchener, OHL), defenseman Jonathon Blum (Vancouver, WHL) and goaltender Jeremy Smith (Plymouth, OHL) to their respective junior clubs.  The team has also reassigned forward Patric Hornqvist (Djurgarden, Sweden) and defensemen Robert Dietrich (Dusseldorf, Germany) and Teemu Laakso (HIFK Helsinki, Finland) to their respective European teams.

A total of 27 forwards, 15 defensemen and five goaltenders remain in camp.

Teemu Laakso
The Predators (1-0-0) host the Atlanta Thrashers (2-0-0) tomorrow night in preseason action at 7:00 p.m. at the Sommet Center.  The Predators will have a morning skate at 10:15 a.m. at the Sommet Center while a second group will practice at 12:00 p.m. at Centennial Sportsplex.

Other news and notes from practice on Sept. 19

  • With the roster now sitting at 47, the next wave of roster cuts will likely occur following the three games Thursday through Saturday. Many of those players will head to AHL affiliate Milwaukee to begin its camp on Monday, Sept. 24.
  • The team had its third scrimmage of training camp today, skating for 45 minutes on at Centennial Sportsplex. Team Blue came away with the victory, 3-2, thanks to a goal by Nick Spaling and two tallies by J.P. Dumont. Radek Bonk and Jordin Tootoo recorded goals for the White team, while Dan Ellis, Chris Mason and Pekka Rinne each spent time in net for both squads. Head coach Barry Trotz said he went with just three goalies to continue to get a closer look at Rinne and Ellis for the backup spot.
  • Head coach Barry Trotz said that Chris Mason will start tomorrow’s contest against Atlanta at the Sommet Center, and will play roughly two-thirds of the game.
  • Trotz sang the praises of goaltender Jeremy Smith as management sent him back to juniors today. “He has taken a very professional approach to this camp,” Trotz said. He added that Smith plays a very mature game, and is the best 18-year-old goalie they have seen in eight-plus seasons.
  • The coaching staff is sad to see Patric Hornqvist and Teemu Laakso leaving Nashville for their European teams. They think Hornqvist plays a very “pro-style game” and think Laakso is “very close to playing on our team.”
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