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Preds Prospect Tolvanen Starring in Rookie KHL Season

Nashville's First-Round Pick in 2017 Named to KHL All-Star Team

by AJ Mazzolini @ajmazzolini /

With the way this 18-year-old is tearing up the Kontinental Hockey League this season, Nashville Predators fans should familiarize themselves with the name Eeli Tolvanen.

Tolvanen, the Preds first-round pick in the NHL Draft earlier this year, is on the verge of securing the highest-scoring season the KHL has ever seen from an 18-year-old. And the season is only two-thirds over.

The Nummela, Finland, native notched a hat trick for Finnish-based Jokerit in his KHL debut in August, his first-career professional game, and has stayed hot ever since. Tolvanen is up to 31 points (17g-14a) in 37 games. The left wing's next point will tie him for the most in KHL history for an 18-year-old.

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Broadcaster Blog: Interview with Preds Assistant GM Paul Fenton

Willy Daunic and 3D Chat with Assistant GM About Turris Trade, Preds Prospects

by Willy Daunic @WillyD1025 / Television Play-By-Play

The perspective of any NHL assistant general manager is unique. Paul Fenton of the Predators must not only know everything about his NHL team, but also be tuned into each prospect in the system, the next wave of amateurs and the beat of what is going on around the League. He may be in Nashville watching the Predators one day, taking in a Milwaukee Admirals game the next, then scouting two college games a few nights later.

I caught up with Fenton on "3D" on the Preds flagship station, 102.5 The Game, prior to Tuesday's game at Bridgestone Arena, a 6-3 Predators victory over Washington. He provided detailed insight on some familiar subjects, but also some important Predator news that is under the radar. I hope you will listen to it - here is your roadmap on just a few of the subjects discussed in the interview.

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Veterans Lindback, Zolnierczyk Contribute to Hot Start for Admirals

Milwaukee Leadership Group Contributing for Nashville's AHL Affiliate

by AJ Mazzolini @PredsNHL /

The 2010-11 season feels like a lifetime ago for Anders Lindback, and in a way it is.

The goalie has picked up and moved close to a dozen times, playing for 10 different teams spread across three hockey leagues and in as many countries.

He's almost a different person than the last time he suited up for the Milwaukee Admirals six seasons ago, and certainly different than when the Nashville Predators selected him in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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Girard, Kamenev Making Positive Impressions as Preds Roster Shrinks

As the Regular Season Approaches, Two Predators Prospects Hoping to Stay in Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

And then there were 26.

As training camp hits its final week and the 2017-18 season inches closer, the Nashville Predators are busy making preparations and shaping their roster down to the required number of 23 by the Oct. 3 deadline.

The Preds are a long way from the 54 players they started with on their roster on Sept. 14, but a couple of interesting cases remain, particularly in the forms of forward Vladislav Kamenev and defenseman Samuel Girard.

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Predators Reduce Roster to 27 Players

Nine Players Assigned to AHL's Milwaukee Admirals

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (September 25, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the team has assigned forwards P.C. Labrie, Trevor Smith, Emil Pettersson and Yakov Trenin, defensemen Alexandre Carrier, Petter Granberg, Jack Dougherty and Andrew O'Brien and goaltender Anders Lindback to the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.

Nashville's training camp roster is now at 27 players - 16 forwards, nine defensemen and two goalies. Click here for an updated roster.

The Predators will return to Bridgestone Arena this week for their final two games of the preseason schedule with both matchups set to start at 7p.m. CT. The Columbus Blue Jackets come to town on Thursday, Sept. 28, and then Nashville's last game before the regular season will take place Saturday, Sept. 30 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Scrimmage Key Part of Evaluation for Laviolette, Preds Staff

Nashville's Head Coach Has Plenty to Watch Leading to Exhibition Doubleheader

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

There's only so much time for Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette to prepare his team for a double dose of exhibition action.

Nashville will host the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena at 3:30 and 7 p.m. CT for a split-squad doubleheader, an exhibition that Laviolette calls the best way to evaluate his roster just days into training camp.

The Predators bench boss, who is entering his fourth season at the helm, used the first day of on-ice sessions to begin implementing systems and styles with his group - some of it refreshers, others new material - and it continued Sunday afternoon with an intrasquad scrimmage at Ford Ice Center. For Laviolette, the evaluations are always ongoing, no matter who is watching.

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Preds Defeat Lightning to Conclude Rookie Camp

Nashville Finishes 2-1 Against Tampa Bay in Rookie Showcase

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Game 3 Highlights: Bolts vs Preds

Five different Preds score in a 5-4 Game 3 victory

The Preds receive goals from five different players and win 5-4 for their second victory of Rookie Camp

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Goals from five different players guided the Nashville Predators rookies to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third and final outing of the weekend showcase between the two clubs at Ford Ice Center.

Tyler Kelleher recorded his second goal of the tournament - as well as a pair of assists - on Tuesday, while Yakov Trenin finished with a goal and an assist to give the Preds a 2-1-0 record.

The victory leaves a better feeling for the Preds rookies, bouncing back from Sunday's 6-1 loss with Nashville's main training camp on the horizon.

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Girard Wants to Be Next Star Defenseman for Preds

Defensive Prospect Shows Potential to Join Nashville Backend in Seasons to Come

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

When the Nashville Predators arrived at the 47th pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, Samuel Girard was still available, a pleasant surprise to the club's scouting staff.

Girard, just a month past his 18th birthday at the time, was fresh off of a QMJHL Defenseman of the Year honor after leading the league in assists (64) and points (74), and another 22 points in the postseason. Add that to a CHL Sportsman of the Year award and a QMJHL First Team All-Star nod, and Girard was considered by some to be a steal.

After all, a player with those accolades isn't necessarily always available at pick No. 47 of his draft year.

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Preds Rookies Fall to Lightning in Game 2

Nashville Allows Six Goals in Second Meeting of Rookie Showcase

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators rookies fell by a 6-1 final to Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon at Ford Ice Center in the second of three meetings between the two in their showcase.

Christian Hilbrich scored the lone goal for the Preds who moved to 1-1 on the weekend after taking Game 1 by a 4-2 score on Saturday.

"We started [the game well], but the last two periods were disappointing by our work ethic," defenseman Alexandre Carrier said. "I think we just need to keep it simple. We beat them last night, so they were coming pretty hard on us… They started strong in the second period and we lost that momentum."

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Preds Top Tampa Bay in First Game of Rookie Showcase

Three-Goal Third Period Leads Preds Rookies Over Lightning

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Game 1 Highlights: Bolts vs Preds

Emil Pettersson nets two, game winner in Game 1

Preds forward Emil Pettersson nets two goals as Nashville rallies in the third period for a win in the first game of the Rookie Tournament

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A three-goal third period for the Nashville Predators rookies led them to a 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay in the first of three meetings between the two clubs in this weekend's Rookie Tournament at Ford Ice Center.

Emil Pettersson scored what proved to be the game winner, while Preds goaltenders Matt O'Connor and Jake Paterson combined to make 29 saves on the afternoon.

"We came together pretty quickly, and I thought we executed the system, played with the pace that [the Nashville coaches] are looking for and we ended up getting the win," forward Justin Kirkland said. "I'm super happy because that's definitely a good way to start off the weekend."

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