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Predators to Host 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase at Ford Ice Center Antioch

Rookie Camp Begins Sept. 4; Four-Team Showcase to Feature Prospects from Nashville, Carolina, Tampa Bay and Washington Sept. 7-10

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (August 21, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced today that the team's prospects will report to Nashville for physicals on Wednesday, Sept. 4, take to the ice at Centennial Sportsplex for practices on Sept. 5-6, then host the Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals at the 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase at Ford Ice Center Antioch from Sept. 7-10.

All six of the showcase's games will be broadcast live on NashvillePredators.com with commentary for Predators games from Willy Daunic, Pete Weber, Chris Mason and Hal Gill.

Tickets are being sold to Smashville Season-Ticket Citizens for $10 per day with all proceeds benefitting the Ford Ice Center Scholarship Fund. Additionally, in honor of Smashville's "Year of the Fan," the Preds' Twitter account (@PredsNHL) will be offering an NHL Prospects Showcase ticket giveaway this Friday, Aug. 23 for "Preds Pride Day."

This marks the second time the Predators have hosted the NHL Prospects Showcase and first since 2014. In that event, the Predators welcomed the Lightning, Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins to town in conjunction with the grand opening of Ford Ice Center Antioch. It's the 10th time in the last 11 rookie camps that Predators prospects will play games against a fellow Sun Belt franchise, and the sixth time in the last seven camps that a team of rookies will compete in a showcase. Last season, the Predators traveled to Estero, Fla., for games against prospects from Washington and Tampa Bay, and in 2017, Nashville hosted the Lightning's prospects in a three-game series at Ford Ice Center after the scheduled tournament at Hertz Arena was canceled due to Hurricane Irma. Nashville prospects have also played two-game sets against Florida (2011 and 2010), Atlanta (2008 and 2009) and Columbus (2002 and 2003). In the franchise's first four seasons (1998-2001), Predators prospects competed in the Traverse City Rookie Tournament.

The Predators team, which will be comprised of signed and unsigned draft picks and free-agent signings, will be coached by Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville's AHL affiliate) Head Coach Karl Taylor and Assistant Coaches Scott Ford and Greg Rallo. Among the 24 players scheduled to participate are first-round draft picks Philip Tomasino (2019, 24th overall), Eeli Tolvanen (2017, 30th overall) and Dante Fabbro (2016, 17th overall). Also taking part in the showcase will be 2016 third-round pick Rem Pitlick and 2019 second-round pick Egor Afanasyev; defenseman Jeremy Davies and goaltender Connor Ingram, who were acquired via trade this offseason; and Milwaukee Admirals standouts Alexandre Carrier, Anthony Richard, Frederic Allard and Yakov Trenin.

The NHL Prospects Showcase precedes the opening of Nashville's 2019 Training Camp, which begins Thursday, Sept. 12 with physicals and team meetings. The Predators' first day on the ice will be Friday, Sept. 13, at Centennial Sportsplex, with six preseason contests scheduled from Sept. 16-27, including four at Bridgestone Arena (doubleheader on Sept. 16 vs. Florida, Sept. 21 vs. Tampa Bay and Sept. 25 vs. Carolina).

The schedule for the NHL Prospects Showcase and Nashville's rookie camp is below. A Predators rookie camp roster may be seen by clicking here.

Thursday, Sept. 5

1 p.m. CT                     Nashville prospects practice               Centennial Sportsplex

Friday, Sept. 6

1 p.m. CT                     Nashville prospects practice               Centennial Sportsplex

Saturday, Sept. 7

1 p.m. CT                     Washington vs. Carolina                     Ford Ice Center Antioch

4 p.m. CT                     Tampa Bay vs. Nashville                     Ford Ice Center Antioch

Sunday, Sept. 8

1 p.m. CT                     Nashville vs. Washington                    Ford Ice Center Antioch

4 p.m. CT                     Tampa Bay vs. Carolina                      Ford Ice Center Antioch

Monday, Sept. 9

Day off

Tuesday, Sept. 10

10 a.m. CT                   Washington vs. Tampa Bay                Ford Ice Center Antioch

1 p.m. CT                     Nashville vs. Carolina                         Ford Ice Center Antioch

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