Before they try to impress in Nashville, Predators rookies will strive to win in the Sunshine State.
One day after they report to Music City on Sept. 6 for the start of Rookie Camp, the Preds prospects will head to Estero, Florida, for a three-team, four-day tournament. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals will also skate in the 2018 NHL Prospects Showcase in what has become an annual component of Nashville's Rookie Camp.
Two Preds players with regular-season NHL experience - forward Eeli Tolvanen and defenseman Alexandre Carrier - are expected to participate in the camp, as well as other top prospects in the system, such as forwards Anthony Richard, Emil Pettersson and Yakov Trenin, defenseman Frederic Allard and goaltender Miroslav Svoboda.
Nashville will play their three games over a four-day period from Sept. 8-11, facing the Capitals twice and the Lightning once. All games will take place at Germain Arena in Estero. More details, including a full Rookie Camp roster, will be released at a later date.
Below is the full schedule for the tournament (all times CT).
Washington vs. Nashville: Saturday, Sept. 8 at 12 p.m.
Nashville vs. Tampa Bay: Sunday, Sept. 9 at 12 p.m.
Tampa Bay vs. Washington: Monday, Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.
Nashville vs. Washington: Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 10:30 a.m.