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Predators Development Camp To Open July 6 In Nashville

by Press Release / Nashville Predators
-All four of the club’s first-round picks from the past three drafts to attend-

Nashville, Tenn. (June 29, 2009) –
The Nashville Predators will have many of their top prospects in town this week when they officially open their 2009 Developmental Camp on Tuesday, July 7 at Centennial Sportsplex with fitness testing.

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 the Predators coaching staff. Strength and Conditioning Coach David 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.

Coaches and members of the Predators’ player development/scouting staff will be assisted by Milwaukee Admirals (AHL affiliate) head coach Lane Lambert and assistant coach Brad Lauer as well as Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL affiliate) coach Chuck Weber. Martin Gelinas, Nashville’s new Director of Player Development, is also scheduled to aid in the week’s activities.

In addition to 17 Predators picks from 2005-08 and several free-agent signees or invites, the camp will feature Nashville’s selections from the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, including first-round selection Ryan Ellis (11th overall).

All on-ice workouts at Centennial Sportsplex are open to the public. On-ice sessions are currently scheduled for:
Wednesday, July 810:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Thursday, July 910:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Saturday, July 119:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

The preliminary roster of attending players is below and a development camp schedule is attached. Please note that players will be available for interviews after the events/activities take place; please contact the Nashville Predators Communications Department for more information on specific events/activities. Both the schedule and roster are subject to change.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2009 DEVELOPMENT CAMP ROSTER

Forwards
Height
Weight

Place of Birth

Birthdate
 

2008-09 Team

Ryan Flynn

6-2
214
St. Paul, Minn.
3/22/88
 
U. of Minnesota (WCHA)

Blake Geoffrion

6-1
191
Plantation, Fla.
2/3/88
 
U. of Wisconsin (WCHA)

Jani Lajunen

6-1
174
Helsinki, Finland
6/16/90
 

Espoo (Finland)/Espoo Jr. (Fin-Jr.)

Ian McKenzie

6-5
223
Weyburn, Sask.
5/23/87
 
Milwaukee (AHL)/Cincinnati (ECHL)

Ben Ryan

5-11
190
Detroit, Mich.
10/16/88
 
U. of Notre Dame (CCHA)

Mark Santorelli

6-1
191
Burnaby, B.C.
8/6/88
 
Milwaukee (AHL)/Cincinnati (ECHL)

Nick Spaling

6-1
187

Palmerston, Ont.

9/19/88
 
Milwaukee (AHL)

Taylor Stefishen

5-11
170
North Vancouver, B.C.
8/15/90
 

Ohio State University (CCHA)

Ryan Thang

5-11
190
Chicago, Ill.
5/11/87
 
U. of Notre Dame (CCHA)

Casey Wellman**

6-0
174
Brentwood, Calif.
10/18/87
 

Umass-Amherst (H-East)

Colin Wilson

6-1
213
Greenwich, Conn.
10/20/89
 
Boston University (H-East)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Defense
Height
Weight

Place of Birth

Birthdate
 

2008-09 Team

Jonathon Blum

6-1
177
Long Beach, Calif.
1/30/89
 

Vancouver (WHL)

Jeffrey Foss

6-2
208
Fargo, N.D.
12/12/88
 

R.P.I. (ECAC)

Roman Josi

6-1
185
Bern, Switzerland
6/1/90
 
Bern (Switzerland)

Teemu Laakso

6-1
201
Tuusula, Finland
8/27/87
 
Milwaukee (AHL)

Russ Sinkewich*

6-3
214
Westlake, Ohio
9/21/85
 
Bowling Green (CCHA)/Milwaukee (AHL)/
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lake Erie (AHL)/Johnstown (ECHL)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GOALTENDER
Height
Weight

Place of Birth

Birthdate
 

2008-09 Team

Atte Engren

6-1
194
Rauma, Finland
2/19/88
 

TPS Turku (Finland)/K-Vantaa (Finland-2)/

 
 
 
 
 
 

TPS Turku-Jr. (Fin.-Jr.)

Anders Lindback

6-6
198
Gavle, Sweden
5/3/88
 

Brynas (Sweden)/Brynas Jr. (Sweden Jr.)

Chet Pickard

6-2
210
Moncton, N.B.
11/29/89
 

Tri-City (WHL)

Jeremy Smith

6-0
168
Dearborn, Mich.
4/13/89
 

Niagara (OHL)/Plymouth (OHL)

* - denotes under contract with Milwaukee (AHL)   ** - denotes free-agent invites

NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2009 ENTRY DRAFT CLASS

Rd
No
Forwards
Height
Weight

Place of Birth

Birthdate
 

2008-09 Team

 
2
41

Zach Budish

6-3
229
Edina, Minn.
5/9/91
 

Edina High School (Minn.)

 
3
70

Taylor Beck

6-2
205
St. Catharines, Ont.
5/13/91
 
Guelph (OHL)
 
3
72

Michael Latta

5-11
200

Kitchener, Ont.

5/25/91
 
Guelph (OHL)
 
4
98

Craig Smith

6-1
189
Madison, Wis.
9/5/89
 
Waterloo (USHL)
 
4
110

Nick Oliver

6-3
184
Grand Forks, N.D.
5/4/91
 

Roseau High School (Minn.)

 
5
132

Gabriel Bourque

5-9
183
Rimouski, Que.
9/23/90
 

Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)

 
7
192

Cameron Reid

6-2
185

Delta, B.C.

8/25/91
 

Westside (BCHL)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Defense
Height
Weight

Place of Birth

Birthdate
 

2008-09 Team

 
1
11

Ryan Ellis

5-9
173

Hamilton, Ont.

1/30/89
 

Windsor (OHL)

 
2
42

Charles-Olivier Roussel

6-1
196
St. Eustache, Que.
9/13/91
 
Shawinigan (QMJHL)
 
4
102

Mattias Ekholm

6-4
194
Borlange, Sweden
5/24/90
 

Mora Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)

 

Prospect Notes
- The preliminary roster – which does not include 2009 draftees attending (all 10 of the Preds 2009 draftees are likely to attend) – features 17 draft picks from 2005-08, one free-agent signee (McKenzie), one player on an AHL contract (Sinkewich) and two free-agent invites (Pederson, Wellman). Of the 17 picks, three are first-rounders (Wilson, Blum, Pickard), four are second-rounders (Geoffrion, Spaling, Josi, Smith), two are third-rounders (Thang, Laakso), two are fourth-rounders (Ryan, Santorelli), one is a fifth-rounder (Stefishen), two are sixth-rounders (Flynn, Foss) and three are seventh-rounders (Lajunen, Engren, Lindback).

- Ten of the 17 skaters played college hockey last season. Wilson won a NCAA title with Boston U., while Ryan and Thang played on a Notre Dame team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for much of the 2008-09 season.

- Josi led all Led all Swiss League junior players (under-20) in points, goals and assists last season playing on a Bern team that also featured new Predators Director of Player Development Martin Gelinas.

- Three attendees won major awards last season – Blum was named 2009 Canadian Hockey League Jack Link’s Defenseman of the Year, Pickard won the Del Wilson Trophy as the Western Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Year for the second consecutive season, while Wilson was USA Hockey’s College Player of the Year in addition to being one of three Hobey Baker “Hat Trick” Finalists.

- Blum, Smith, Geoffrion, Flynn and Wilson were teammates on the 2008 U.S. World Junior Championships team, while Blum and Wilson represented the red, white and blue again this past December/January.

- Free-agent invite Casey Wellman’s father Brad played for the S.F. Giants, L.A. Dodgers and K.C. Royals from 1982-89. Wellman just finished his freshman season at UMass-Amherst. Invite Jody Pederson hails from the same small town in northwestern British Columbia as Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis.

Draftee Notes
- Four of Nashville’s 10 draftees were born in a 21-day span in May 1991 – Nick Oliver (May 4), Zach Budish (May 9), Taylor Beck (May 13) and Michael Latta (May 25). Mattias Ekholm was born May 24, 1990.

- The average size of the 10 draftees is 6-1, 194 pounds.

- Ryan Ellis was part of the 2009 Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires coached by former Predator defenseman Bob Bougner. Nashville’s Expansion Draft selection from Buffalo, Boughner played 141 games with the club in 1998-99 and 1999-00, posting 19 points (5g-14a) and 234 penalty minutes. Ellis was also a teammate of 2008 Predators first-round pick Chet Pickard (18th overall) on the Canadian World Junior Championships team that claimed gold. The 5-9, 173-pound blueliner won the 2009 Max Kaminsky Award as the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman.

- Charles-Olivier Roussel and Gabriel Bourque will participate in Canada’s World Junior Development Camp for the 2010 World Junior Championships, while Zach Budish will attend the United States World Junior Evaluation Camp. Both take place in August.

- Zach Budish has committed to the University of Minnesota for the 2009-10 season after missing the 2008-09 campaign due to a knee injury. He will join 2006 Predator draftee Ryan Flynn on the Golden Gophers. Craig Smith will head to his hometown to play for the University of Wisconsin, joining 2006 draftee and Nashville native Blake Geoffrion. Nick Oliver is bound for St. Cloud State, and Cam Reid is headed to the University of New Hampshire.

- Taylor Beck and Michael Latta are teammates on the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League. They were picked within three picks of each other, were born 12 days apart, and both also played in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game, as did Charles-Olivier Roussel.

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