At least 12 Nashville Predators prospects are expected to participate in the club's 2006 prospect conditioning camp, opening on Monday, June 26 at the Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville, Tenn. Off-ice testing begins on Tuesday, June 27 at 8:00 a.m., and the first on-ice session is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29.
The purpose of the camp is to educate and direct players in their pro development and conditioning programs, and the week's events will be presided over by Paul Fenton, Nashville's assistant general manager. Strength and conditioning coach Dave Good will lead the scheduled training regimen, which includes a variety of dry-land activities and workouts, on-ice fundamentals work, off-ice testing and team-building activities. The players will also receive instruction on training principles such as sport-specific power and strength enhancement, flexibility and off-ice conditioning. Members of the coaching staffs of the Predators and Nashville's primary developmental affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals (American Hockey League), as well as members of the Predators'player development/scouting staff, will assist with camp sessions.
Nashville selections from the 2006 NHL Entry Draft (June 24 in Vancouver) will be expected to join picks from Nashville's last three drafts at this year's conditioning camp. Nashville's first-round selection in 2005, defenseman Ryan Parent, will be among those in attendance, as will 2006 Memorial Cup standout defenseman Cody Franson. The conditioning camp roster also features players acquired by trade, waivers or signed as free agents as well as a number of free-agent invites.
All on-ice workouts at Centennial Sportsplex are open to the public. On-ice sessions are currently scheduled for:
Thursday, June 29
Goaltenders - 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Forwards/Defense - 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 1
All players - 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 2
All players - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Schedule subject to change.