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Preds Rookies to Participate in 2018 Prospect Showcase

Nashville Prospects to Play Three Tournament Games Prior to Training Camp

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

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.

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Greg Rallo Hired as Milwaukee Admirals Assistant Coach

Rallo Recently Completed 12-Year Professional Playing Career

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (July 12, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that Greg Rallo has been hired as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville's American Hockey League affiliate. The move comes after Karl Taylor was named head coach of the Admirals on June 29. 

The 36-year-old native of Gurnee, Ill., recently completed a 12-year professional playing career that included stops in the NHL, AHL, ECHL and the German professional league. He spent last season with the AHL's Texas Stars - where Taylor was an assistant coach - and tallied 11 points (5g-6a) in 29 games.

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Preds Development Camp Concludes with Thrilling Future Stars Game

Camp Invitee Zach Magwood Tallies Three Goals; Team Gold Takes 5-3 Win

by Aaron Fitzner @AaronFitzner /

2018 Future Stars Game Highlights

Eeli Tolvanen scores as Team Gold wins 5-3

Zach Magwood nets a hat trick as Team Gold prevails, 5-3, in the finale of Development Camp

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Future stars? Perhaps sooner rather than later.

The Predators' 2018 Development Camp concluded on Friday evening with the much-anticipated Future Stars Game at Bridgestone Arena.

"We learned so much throughout the week and guys want to get out and play in game situations," defenseman Dante Fabbro said. "It was fun playing against kids you're practicing with all week… Overall it was just such a great week and I thought Nashville did an unbelievable job preparing us and making sure we have the right tools moving forward."

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Predators Name Karl Taylor Head Coach of Milwaukee Admirals

Taylor Reached Calder Cup Finals as an Assistant with Texas in 2017-18

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Admirals Coach Introduced

Karl Taylor named Milwaukee Admirals head coach

Karl Taylor is introduced as the new head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals, the Predators' AHL affiliate

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Nashville, Tenn. (June 29, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that Karl Taylor has been hired as head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville's American Hockey League affiliate.

Taylor, a 47-year-old native of North Bay, Ont., comes to Milwaukee after spending four seasons with the AHL's Texas Stars as an assistant coach.

"Karl comes highly recommended to us with a diverse skillset to coach and develop players, and we are happy to promote him to a position where he will take care of our top prospects," Poile said. "We always say the road to Nashville runs through Milwaukee, and are confident that Karl will continue that legacy."

In Texas, Taylor's teams went a combined 152-108-30-14 and made the playoffs in three of his four seasons. His tenure was headlined by the Stars' appearance in last season's Calder Cup Finals, where they came one game from claiming the AHL title, falling to the Toronto Marlies in Game 7. With Taylor behind the bench, Texas earned at least 90 points in three seasons, including the 2017-18 season's 90-point effort (38-24-8-6) that culminated with the AHL's Western Conference Championship.

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Preds Development Camp Invitee Jaremko Making Most of Opportunity

Jaremko Played Under Preds Assistant Coach in USHL

by Aaron Fitzner @AaronFitzner /

It's not often that someone wins a United States Hockey League Clark Cup, Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Year and gets an invite to a NHL team's development camp all in a 14-month span, but Jake Jaremko is an exception.

Attending Predators Development Camp is unchartered territory for Jaremko, but this type of progression for the 21-year-old, however, is not. In his final season in the USHL, while playing for the Chicago Steel, Jaremko tallied 17 goals and 46 points in 59 games, while hoisting the Clark Cup at season's end. It was during this championship season where his ties to the Predators began.

Jaremko found himself playing under the direction of Dan Muse, Chicago's head coach at the time. Just weeks after capturing the title, Muse joined the Predators as an assistant coach. So, when Muse made the call to Jaremko with an invite, the answer was easy.

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Towering Center Kondelik Enjoying First Preds Development Camp Experience

Standing 6-foot-6, Czech Centerman Finds Seventh Man Chants Fantastic

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Development Camp: Jachym Kondelik

Kondelik says admiration of Preds fans has hit Europe

Forward Jachym Kondelik shares stories about the popularity of the Predators in Europe

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It would've been understandable if Jachym Kondelik, a native of the Czech Republic, wasn't up on his knowledge of the Nashville Predators.

Until you hear he's a fan of P.K. Subban and Filip Forsberg. And has always liked the logo and the Gold jerseys. And finds the chants that rain down on opposing goaltenders at Bridgestone Arena hilarious.

"I think it's just funny," Kondelik said of the sing-song chants at Bridgestone Arena. "My dad [Roman] was a goalie, and fans would chant at him when he got scored on, so I was always laughing at him at home. I can't imagine how bad it must be for a goalie."

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From Rookies to Veterans, Preds Realize City of Nashville is Special

Predators Players Say Music City is Top Destination to Work and Live

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

When Pekka Rinne was notified in the summer of 2004 that he had been drafted by the Predators, one of the first things he did was consult an atlas.

Nashville, Tennessee? No idea.

Little did the goaltender know, that southern city with the hockey team who called his named, he would grow to know that city, to love that city, to call that city his home.

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Preds Prospects Share Smiles During Annual Community Day

Community Day, Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Sees Preds Rookies Improve City of Nashville

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Preds at School for the Blind

Prospects teach hockey at Tennessee blind school

Preds prospects teach street hockey fundamentals at the Tennessee School for the Blind

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From baking cookies to painting pottery, those participating in Nashville Predators Development Camp got off the ice and into the city on Wednesday.

Preds Prospect Day in the Community, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, saw 36 rookies head to nine locations to experience a very important part of what it means to play for the Predators.

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Tolvanen Showing Increased Confidence at Preds Development Camp

Nashville Wants Star Prospect to Impress During Development Camp

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Development Camp: Eeli Tolvanen

Tolvanen is aiming to make Preds Opening Night roster

Forward Eeli Tolvanen understands Development Camp is the first step in making the Preds roster this fall

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The nervous feelings haven't completely evaporated, but Eeli Tolvanen is certainly more comfortable than he's ever been in the city of Nashville.

All it takes is one glance at his confidence on the ice or one conversation in the locker room to realize the 19-year-old - who also happens to be the most highly-touted prospect in the Predators organization - is different this time around.

Tolvanen admitted he was timid during his first Development Camp experience last summer, just days after being selected 30th overall by the Preds during the 2017 NHL Draft. The hesitation was also present when he inked his entry-level contract and skated in his first three NHL games last spring, arriving after a spectacular rookie season with Jokerit of the KHL.

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Preds Development Camp: Five Players to Watch

Tolvanen, Fabbro Among Those Expected to Impress in Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Fans of the Predators may not know all of their names yet, but the 36 players attending Nashville's annual Development Camp this week are trying to change that.

The prospects arrived in Tennessee over the weekend in time for Monday's opening, starting with meetings, off-ice testing and the first on-ice session of the week, which will eventually culminate with a Future Stars Game at Bridgestone Arena on Friday night.

Development camp not only provides an opportunity for those hoping to one day skate in the NHL to show what they've got, but they'll also learn "The Predator Way," what the organization believes it means to be a complete pro, on and off the ice.

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