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Smashville Scope: October 21

Yakov Trenin Makes His NHL Debut, the Preds Complete Their First Road Trip of the Season and More In This Week's Scope

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Yakov Trenin eventually got on a plane and came to Nashville to make his NHL debut on Saturday night, but it initially took a bit of deductive reasoning on his part.

Selected by the Predators in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft, the 22-year-old forward was left perplexed by Milwaukee Admirals Head Coach Karl Taylor on Friday as the bench boss decided to have a little fun with the young Russian.

Taylor had already heard from Predators management they would be recalling Trenin in advance of their game against Florida at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. But, instead of revealing the good news outright, as Trenin recalled, Taylor went about it a different way.

"Coach Taylor called me [on Friday morning], and we had a game this day, and he's like, 'We decided to pull you out of the power play,'" Trenin said following Saturday's morning skate in Nashville. "And I thought, 'OK,' and then he said, '[We're pulling you out of the game,' and after I started to realize [what was happening]. And then he's like, 'Hey, you're going to Nashville.' I was shocked. Even my voice was shaking. I couldn't say anything."

The recall was well-deserved for Trenin, who posted four goals and five points in his first three games with the Admirals this season to lead the club in scoring.

Over the past month, Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette has gone out of his way to mention Trenin's name on multiple occasions as a player who impressed the coaching staff during training camp and in the preseason. Trenin was assigned to Milwaukee before Nashville's final roster was set, but it wasn't without some words of encouragement from Laviolette.

"He told me to work even harder," Trenin said of a conversation with Nashville's head coach. "Put your head down and keep working."

Trenin was reassigned to Milwaukee on Sunday after skating more than 12 minutes in Nashville's shootout loss to the Panthers. So, while his first taste of true NHL action was short lived, if Trenin continues on his current trajectory down in the AHL, it likely won't be his last.

"We have a really good team," Trenin said of the Admirals. "My line is really good, and we just try to play the game they want for me. Play physical with energy and good things happen."

Egor Inked:

Trenin wasn't the only Russian member of the Predators organization who got some good news on Saturday.

Forward Egor Afanasyev, who was selected by the Preds in the second round of the NHL Draft this past June in Vancouver, signed a three-year, entry level-contract with Nashville on Saturday afternoon.

The 18-year-old has tallied 12 points (5g-7a) in 11 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires this season. The winger extended his point streak to five games (4g-4a) by posting five points (2g-3a) in two games and jumped to second on the Spitfires in scoring.

Afanasyev attended Predators Development Camp, rookie camp and training camp over the past few months and impressed coaches and management in every showing.

Because of the CHL/NHL Agreement, he is not permitted to play in the AHL and he will remain in the OHL this season.

Tweet from @AfanasyevE11: It���s a dream come true to sign my first NHL contract with @PredsNHL Feeling blessed and excited to see what the future holds 🔥 pic.twitter.com/3FAiSrilQA

Rinne, Preds, 365 Fund Make Donation to Children's Hospital:

Pekka Rinne didn't want any of the credit, but he deserves plenty of it. 

For the sixth consecutive year, the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily, originally created by the Predators goaltender and former captain Shea Weber, presented a check in support of life changing pediatric cancer research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Monday's donation of $550,365.19 is the largest amount contributed in any single year since the partnership began. The 365 Fund has donated over $3 million to the hospital over the last 10 years.

Stay tuned to NashvillePredators.com for more coverage from this event.

Tweet from @PredsNHL: Pekka Rinne presents a check for $550,365.19 to @VUMCchildren on behalf of the @PredsFoundation and the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund, pres. by @TwiceDailyFresh 💛#Preds pic.twitter.com/B1nZRaOVso

Goal of the Week:

Video: NSH@VGK: Jarnkrok one-times feed from Arvidsson

Save of the Week:

Video: NSH@ARI: Saros denies Stepan on breakaway

Quote of the Week:

Nick Bonino following Nashville's 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights:

"We're balanced and we're deep and we're dangerous. Our [defensemen] jump in, our forwards are all creative, everyone making plays, and tonight was a perfect example of that."

Shot of the Week:

…and there's more where that came from.

Preds vs. Panthers Photo Gallery

Preds at Coyotes Photo Gallery

Preds at Golden Knights Photo Gallery

The Week Ahead:

Tuesday vs. Anaheim Ducks, 7 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

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Thursday vs. Minnesota Wild, 7 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

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Saturday at Tampa Bay Lightning, 6 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Tennessee Radio: 102.5 The Game

Predators Official Podcast, Episode 57:

With close to 10 games under their belts, the Nashville Predators are starting to compile significant data for the 2019-20 season. Is the No. 1 offense here to stay? What needs to improve on defense? Should something change in front of Juuse Saros? Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis answer these questions and interview Preds forward Mikael Granlund.

Catchin' Deers Mike Fisher Celebrity Sporting Clay Shoot:

The inaugural CATCHIN' DEERS Mike Fisher Celebrity Sporting Clay Shoot presented by Implement Now, held on Monday, Nov. 18, will be a fun afternoon of clay shooting hosted by former Preds Captain Mike Fisher and the Nashville Predators Foundation presented by SmileDirectClub.

The 100-bird course clay shooting tournament will be hosted at the Nashville Gun Club along the beautiful Cumberland River. All levels of play are welcome to participate, including beginners. Each team of four will be paired with a celebrity and pro-shooters will be on hand to assist.

Registration includes ammunition, an exclusive shooter gift, boxed lunch, dinner, beverages and an awards reception.

This event will benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation presented by SmileDirectClub, which assists Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations. The Preds Foundation and Mike Fisher will collaborate on local projects to give back and assist the community with funds from this event.

For more on how you can join Mike and his friends for this unique event, click here.

Upcoming Bridgestone Arena Events:

Looking for more than just hockey at the home of the Preds? Here's what's coming to Bridgestone Arena.

Shows:

Oct. 25: Kacey Musgraves with special guests Maggie Rogers and Vola. Click here for tickets.

Oct. 26: Mike's Fall Soul Celebration with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with special guests The Whispers and The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston. Click here for tickets.

Oct. 27: MercyMe with special guests Crowder and Micah Tyler. Click here for tickets.

Oct. 28: Elton John and the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Click here for tickets.

Week in Review:

Video: The Preds broadcast crew shows how to defend a 2-on-1

Recap: Preds Come Back to Salvage Point, Fall to Panthers in Shootout

Country Music Star Dierks Bentley Writes Custom Power-Play Song for Preds

Southwest Airlines Becomes Predators' First-Ever Official Airline Partner

Recap: Preds Disappointed with Effort in Loss to Coyotes

With Offense Clicking, Preds Defense Also Improving in Early Going

Recap: All Four Lines Score as Preds Win Big in Vegas

Video: Preds pose in front of Nashville murals for calendar

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