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Predators Prospect Report: May 2006

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Guelph Storm's Ryan Parent
Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty
Defenseman Ryan Parent, who finished third in voting for the OHL's most outstanding defenseman award, may be joining the Milwaukee Admirals this postseason.
A number of Predators prospects are still playing hockey at this late date, including Quebec Major Junior Hockey League star Alexander Radulov. The 19-year-old forward--Nashville's first-round pick in the 2004 Entry Draft--is leading his Quebec Remparts team into the league finals against the Moncton Wildcats. At a recent awards ceremony commemorating the 2005-06 QMJHL regular season, Radulov was awarded the Jean-Beliveau Trophy (top scorer), the Telus Trophy (offensive player of the year) and the Michel-Briere Trophy (most valuable player). Radulov was also named to the league's. All-Star first team. Now in the postseason, the native of Nizhni Tagil, Russia leads the QMJHL in playoff scoring with 44 points (17g-27a) in 17 games.

"We like to say that the road to Nashville is through Milwaukee," Predators general manager David Poile said Wednesday when asked about Radulov's future. "We have talked about this type of thing and we really think that there is something to moving up from junior or college or whatever through the minor pros and earning your stripes. As I sit here today, that's what I would like to have happen with Radulov.

"However, he does control his own destiny. He was an excellent player at training camp [in 2005]. There's no denying what he's done in junior and the stats that he's been putting up there. He will be on the ice with all of our players competing for a job at training camp."

The Predators signed Radulov to a contract in January. Should his playoff run with Quebec end before Nashville's top developmental affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, is eliminated, he would join the Milwaukee club for the remainder of its postseason games.

"I would be disappointed if he's not here [in Nashville] in the not-to-distant future, if it's not this September," Poile added. "But I know what our scouts think so I think he's got an excellent chance at competing for a job this year."

Meanwhile, Ryan Parent, Nashville's first-round pick in the 2005 Entry Draft, is in discussions to join the Milwaukee Admirals, Poile said, after his junior team, the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, was recently eliminated from the OHL playoffs. The 6-2, 183-pound blueliner finished third in the voting for the league's most outstanding defenseman.

Milwaukee has already received a boost from its parent club prior to entering the American Hockey League's West Division final this week against the Houston Aeros. Upon Nashville's elimination from the NHL playoffs, forwards Jordin Tootoo and Scottie Upshall, defenseman Shea Weber, and goaltender Pekka Rinne were reassigned to the Admirals. Center Cal O'Reilly, the Predators' fifth-round pick in 2005, already stepped into the Milwaukee lineup in April after his Windsor Spitfires junior team was knocked out of the OHL playoffs.

Here is a summary of Predators prospect scoring for 2005-06:

PROSPECT SCORING

(Through games of May 2, 2006)
 
CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
POS NAME BORN HT WT RD/YR CLUB (LEAGUE) GP G A PTS PIM +/-
  C Stanislav Balan 1/30/86 6-2 161 7/04 Portland Winter Hawks (WHL) 67 14 23 37 102 -12
Portland Winter Hawks (WHL) 12 1 4 5 18 -8
  C Lauris Darzins 1/28/85 6-3 190 9/03 Kelowna Rockets (WHL) 47 13 20 33 26 6
Kelowna Rockets (WHL) 6 5 1 6 2 4
* D Cody Franson 8/8/87 6-4 205 3/05 Vancouver Giants (WHL) 71 15 40 55 61 18
Vancouver Giants (WHL) 14 3 12 15 6 10
  LW Nick Fugere 9/20/85 6-2 238 4/04 Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) 60 22 20 42 140 5
Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) 12 7 3 10 18 1
C Vaclav Meidl 5/27/86 6-4 215 3/04 Plymouth Whalers (OHL) 30 6 11 17 59 -3
Saginaw Spirit (OHL) 26 3 11 14 61 1
Saginaw Spirit (OHL) 4 0 1 1 10 -3
C Cal O'Reilly 9/30/86 5-11 180 5/05 Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 68 18 81 99 8 2
Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 7 3 8 11 0 -4
  D Ryan Parent 3/17/87 6-2 183 1/05 Guelph Storm (OHL) 60 4 17 21 122 2
Guelph Storm (OHL) 15 1 4 5 24 2
* RW Alexander Radulov 7/5/86 6-1 188 1/04 Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) 62 61 91 152 101 53
Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) 17 17 27 44 26 16
D Scott Todd 11/11/86 6-4 221 7/05 Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 47 1 6 7 169 -4
  LW John Vigilante 5/24/85 6-0 195 FA Plymouth Whalers (OHL) 55 24 53 77 34 -6
Plymouth Whalers (OHL) 13 4 12 16 0 -1
 
GOALTENDERS GP W L OT GAA SV%
Kyle Moir 5/25/86 6-3 193 5/04 Swift Current Broncos (WHL) 65 23 28 12 2.84 0.914
Swift Current Broncos (WHL) 4 0 3 1 4.75 0.866
 
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
POS NAME BORN HT WT RD/YR CLUB (LEAGUE) GP G A PTS PIM +/-
C Kaleb Betts 1/10/83 5-10 180 8/02 Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) 32 6 12 18 59 4
RW Ryan Maki 4/23/85 6-2 195 6/05 Harvard (ECAC) 33 10 12 22 32 -
C Mike Santorelli 12/14/85 5-11 180 6/04 Northern Michigan (CCHA) 40 15 18 33 24 0
D Kevin Schaeffer 10/16/84 6-1 195 6/04 Boston University (H-East) 40 4 9 13 18 9
D Craig Switzer 10/16/84 6-1 195 9/04 New Hampshire (H-East) 40 2 14 16 54 -6
 
EAST COAST HOCKEY LEAGUE
POS NAME BORN HT WT RD/YR CLUB (LEAGUE) GP G A PTS PIM +/-
LW Jeremy Yablonski 3/21/80 6-0 240 -STL- Idaho Steelheads 3 0 1 1 25 3
 
EUROPEAN LEAGUES
POS NAME BORN HT WT RD/YR CLUB (LEAGUE) GP G A PTS PIM +/-
RW Jonas Andersson 2/24/81 6-3 204 2/99 Ilves Tampere (Finland) 48 8 10 18 26 -8
Ilves Tampere (Finland) 4 2 0 2 0 0
C Denis Arkhipov 5/19/79 6-3 206 3/98 Khimik Voskresensk (Russia) 50 8 8 16 28 -4
Khimik Voskresensk (Russia) 5 1 0 1 0 1
D Mats Christeen 2/13/82 6-1 181 8/00 AIK IF (Sweden-2) 17 1 0 1 59 5
RW Marian Cisar 2/25/78 6-0 197 -L.A- Hannover Scorpions (Germany) INJURED
LW Konstantin Glazachev 2/18/85 6-0 186 2/03 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (Russia) 29 7 4 11 8 11
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (Russia) 4 0 1 1 0 1
C Gustav Grasberg 4/6/83 6-0 193 8/01 Halmstad Hammers HC (Sweden-2) 5 0 0 0 2 -4
IK Nykoping (Sweden-2) 22 4 1 5 37 -8
D Tomas Harant 4/28/80 6-3 201 6/00 HC Ceske Budejovice (CzRep) 45 2 7 9 90 1
HC Ceske Budejovice (CzRep) 10 4 2 6 40 1
  RW Jukka Hentunen 5/3/74 5-10 194 -CGY- HC Lugano (Swiss) 44 24 18 42 44 25
HC Lugano (Swiss) 17 7 6 13 6 8
D Martin Hohener 6/23/80 6-1 192 9/00 ZSC Lions Zurich (Swiss) 21 0 1 1 20 -2
HC Ambri-Piotta (Swiss) -- -- -- -- -- --
GCK Lions (Swiss-2) -- -- -- -- -- --
C Patric Hornqvist 1/1/87 5-11 178 7/05 Djurgardens IF Stockholm (Sweden) 47 5 2 7 36 1
C Petr Hubacek 9/2/79 6-2 183 -PHI- HC Vitkovice Steel (CzRep) 52 17 23 40 46 4
HC Vitkovice Steel (CzRep) 6 1 0 1 2 0
LW Zbynek Irgl 11/29/80 5-11 183 6/00 HC Vitkovice Steel (CzRep) 50 16 17 33 54 11
HC Vitkovice Steel (CzRep) 6 3 3 6 4 2
D Denis Kulyash 5/31/83 6-2 199 8/04 Dynamo Moscow (Russia) 44 12 5 17 117 7
Dynamo Moscow (Russia) 4 0 2 2 6 0
  D Teemu Laakso 8/27/87 6-0 187 3/05 HIFK Helsinki (Finland) 47 2 1 3 20 -3
HIFK Helsinki (Finland) 8 1 0 1 0 1
D Anton Lavrentiev 8/25/83 6-4 196 6/01 Khimik Novopolotsk (Belarus) -- -- -- -- -- --
  D Mikko Lehtonen 6/21/79 6-1 194 9/01 Karpat Oulu (Finland) 43 6 8 14 46 20
Karpat Oulu (Finland) 10 2 2 4 12 4
D Andrei Mukhachev 7/21/80 6-3 196 7/03 CSKA Moscow (Russia) 48 1 5 6 71 2
CSKA Moscow (Russia) 4 0 1 1 4 0
D Mattias Nilsson 2/6/82

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