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Predators Ink Labrie to One-Year Contract

Forward Spent 2016-17 Campaign in American Hockey League with the Rockford IceHogs

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Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has signed forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie to a one-year, two-way contract for 2017-18 worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level.

Labrie, 30 (12/6/86), appeared in 52 games with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs in 2016-17, recording one goal, eight points and 96 penalty minutes in 52 games. The 6-foot-3, 226-pound winger has appeared in 178 AHL games with Rockford over the past three seasons, amassing 58 points and 311 penalty minutes during that span. A native of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Labrie has 46 games of NHL experience, all with the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2011-14, tallying five points (2g-3a) and 65 penalty minutes.

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Predators Add O'Connor With One-Year Contract

Goaltender Compiled 25-4-4 Record in Three Seasons With Boston University

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Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has signed goaltender Matt O'Connor to a one-year, two-way contract for 2017-18 worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $75,000 at the AHL level.

O'Connor, 24 (2/14/92), appeared in 37 games with the AHL's Binghamton Senators in 2016-17, posting a 14-18-1 record with a 3.23 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native has one game of NHL experience, making his debut for the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 11, 2015, and recording 34 saves in a 3-1 loss.

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Predators Sign Lindback to One-Year Contract

Former Preds Draft Pick and Goaltender Returns to Nashville's System

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Nashville, Tenn. (July 1, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has signed free-agent goaltender Anders Lindback to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level.

Lindback, 29 (5/3/88), was drafted by the Predators 207th overall (seventh round) of the 2008 NHL Draft, and appeared in 38 games for the team from 2010-12, posting a 16-13-2 record, a 2.53 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts. In 130 career NHL contests with Nashville, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Buffalo and Arizona, the Gavle, Sweden native has notched a 45-58-8 record, a 2.87 goals-against average .904 save percentage and three shutouts.

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Team Gold Defeats Team White as Development Camp Concludes

Austin Watson, Kevin Fiala Serve as Guest Coaches; Prospects Now Head Back Home for Summer

by Chase Lutz @PredsNHL /

The Nashville Predators prospects put on quite a show before a Smashville crowd of around 3,000 on Friday night at Bridgestone Arena in the Future Stars Game to conclude the week's development camp.

Team Gold took a commanding lead early in the game to carry them to a 7-4 victory over Team White. The teams played two 25-minute periods, and a five-minute 3-on-3 session, with a pair of shootouts following the first and third periods.

The Gold team, coached by Predators forward Austin Watson, featured 2017 Draft selections Eeli Tolvanen (first round, 30th overall) and David Farrance (third round, 92nd overall), along with Development Camp veterans, 2014 second-round pick Jack Dougherty and 2016 first-round pick Dante Fabbro.

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Already Home Away from Home, Fabbro Wants Permanent Nashville Address

Preds Defensive Prospect to Improve Game at Boston University, Hopes to Join Sisters in Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

There's a reason one word comes before another when referring to a student athlete. Exhibit A: Dante Fabbro.

Nashville's first selection in the 2016 NHL Draft at No. 17 overall missed out on the first two days of this year's edition of Predators Development Camp due to the necessary completion of a couple of assignments back at Boston University - professors' orders.

But now, with his freshman year complete, the summer has officially begun for the 19-year-old defenseman, and with that comes a stop in Nashville to reconnect with the organization that brought him into the fold last June.

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Preds Prospects Share Smiles in Nashville on Community Day

All Across Music City, Future Preds Brighten Days of Young and Old

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It's not all sticks and pucks at Predators Development Camp.

The team's annual Rookie Community Day presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee took place Wednesday afternoon as 34 prospects got out of the rink and ventured throughout the city of Nashville to snap some photos, sign some autographs and learn what it means to serve the community they may one day call home.

From Camp Widjiwagan to Cottage Cove, check out what the Preds prospects did to spread the Gold in Smashville.

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Carrier Shows Leadership at Development Camp, Motivated for Future

After Taste of NHL Action Last Season, Defensive Prospect Driven for Another Shot with Preds

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Alexandre Carrier has plenty in common with the rest of his Nashville Predators teammates attending the club's Development Camp this week.

He, like everyone else, grew up with a dream of playing professional hockey. Being drafted by Nashville in June of 2015 was step one in that vision, and when he turned pro last season and started with the Predators' AHL affiliate in Milwaukee, he figured that'd be the only team he'd skate for in the near future.

Then Jan. 12 came. The Predators were on the road in Western Canada and they needed help on the blue line.

They wanted the 20-year-old from Quebec City.

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Fans, Arena Atmosphere Led Victor Ejdsell to Choose Preds

MVP of Swedish Second League Signed with Predators After Taking in Playoff Game

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Power-forward Victor Ejdsell traveled to Nashville in April with tempered expectations. Maybe too tempered.

The 22-year-old Swede, who had recently been named the most valuable player of the Swedish second league (Allsvenskan) and forward of the year in 2016-17 after leading the league in points (25g-32a-57pts), was looking for a franchise with which he would try to break into the NHL. The 6-foot-5, 214-pound center saw his phone light up with calls from the Red Wings, Blackhawks and Predators, and was unexpectedly presented with the opportunity to join some of the game's greatest franchises.

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Preds Development Camp About Players Finding Right Path to NHL

Director of Player Development Scott Nichol Wants Preds Prospects to Find Their Way to Professional Ranks

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Development Camp: Scott Nichol

Scott Nichol shares the benefits of Development Camp

Director of Player Development Scott Nichol extolls the benefits of the Predators' annual development camp

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They come from all over - different countries, different backgrounds, and different skill sets - but share a common goal.

Nashville Predators Development Camp commenced on Monday in the Music City with attendees - drafted, signed or invited - all converging for a week of on-ice sessions, off-ice training and community activities that will help mold them into kind of player and person necessary to compete at the National Hockey League level.

It won't happen for all of them, but many who are participating this week will one day find themselves skating in the pro ranks, if they're not already. And that's exactly what Scott Nichol wants for them.

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Preds Choose 'Smooth Skating' in Six-Pick Draft

Nashville Picks Three Forwards, Two Defensemen and One Goaltender in 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After picking Finnish forward Eeli Tolvanen in Round One on Friday night, the Nashville Predators returned to select five more players on the second and final day of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago.

First up on Saturday for the Preds in Round Two was Grant Mismash, a center from Edina, Minnesota. Mismash skated predominantly for the U.S. National Team Development Program (U18) during the 2016-17 season, recording 26 goals and 61 points to go along with 106 penalty minutes in 56 games, with his 61 points tying for the team lead.

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