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Instant Analysis: Lundmark Signing

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
On paper, Jamie Lundmark appears earmarked for Milwaukee – and with AHL veterans Dave Scatchard and Ben Guite gone, the Ads have a need for a veteran to help mentor and lead the deep group of young forwards – but that might be selling Lundmark short. During his last two seasons in Calgary he skated on lines with the likes of Jarome Iginla, Todd Bertuzzi, Mike Cammalleri, Olli Jokinen. And he saw post-season action during the Flames 2009 playoff run.

Also factor in Coach Trotz’s history of letting on-ice performance make the roster decisions during Training Camp. Joel Ward wasn’t “on the radar” for most pundits in August 2008, but became a regular in ‘08-09; same could be said for Ben Guite & Teemu Laakso last summer, yet both played in the Preds Opening Night win. Lundmark has the skill and experience to make that type of impression at Camp this year.

Training Camp should be extremely competitive, especially among the forwards. With Lundmark, 19 forwards are expected to be in Camp that skated in at least 20 games in the NHL last season, not including recently signed European stars Jonas Andersson and Linus Klasen (both of whom are expected to get a long, serious look in Training Camp). That’s an impressively deep competition for the final roster spots.

Author: Jay Levin | Nashville Predators
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