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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 Cut Roster to 26 Players

Forward Cody Bass Assigned to Milwaukee as Training Camp Continues

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Nashville, Tenn. (September 26, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile today announced that the team has assigned forward Cody Bass to the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.

Nashville's training camp roster is now at 26 players - 15 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 7:00 p.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.

Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are now available, with a very limited number of full, half and mini season-ticket plans still available for purchase. The Loyal Legion 10-Game Plan presented by Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant is also now on sale and is the most flexible package ever offered, allowing the busier fan to attend games that fit their schedule and budget. The package includes a $20 gift card that can be redeemed at all Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant brands. All season-ticket packages are available with interest-free payment plans. To order season tickets, visit www.NashvillePredators.com/seasons or contact a ticket representative at 615-770-7800.

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Bitetto Looking to Capitalize on Fresh Opportunity

After an Injury-Filled Season, Anthony Bitetto Wants to Stay Healthy and Earn a Roster Spot

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Anthony Bitetto would prefer not to discuss certain moments of the previous season.

For example, being in Nashville's lineup on Opening Night for the first time in his career, only to suffer an injury that took him right back out for more than a month, wasn't on the itinerary. Neither was the next setback, a broken hand suffered just three games after he had returned from the first ailment.

Things had never looked brighter for the defenseman - until he only appeared in four outings of the 2016 portion of the most recent campaign.

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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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Predators Reduce Training Camp Roster to 36 Players

Nashville Faces the Blue Jackets at 2 p.m. (CT) Tomorrow in Columbus

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (September 18, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the team has assigned forwards Justin Kirkland, Tyler Moy and Anthony Richard; defensemen Frederic Allard, Joonas Lyytinen and Trevor Murphy and goaltender Matt O'Connor to the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.

The Predators have also released the following players from their professional tryout agreements and assigned them to Milwaukee: forwards Derek Army, Bobby Butler, Tyler Kelleher, Angelo Miceli, Trevor Mingoia and Stephen Perfetto; defensemen Jimmy Oligny and Rick Pinkston and goaltender Jake Paterson. Additionally, defenseman T.J. Melancon has been assigned to Milwaukee and will remain on a professional tryout agreement.

Nashville's training camp roster is now at 36 players - 20 forwards, 13 defensemen and three goalies. An updated roster is attached.

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Watson Wants to Improve Again; Ekholm Relishes Training Camp Sessions

With New Contract, Austin Watson Expects More from Himself; Training Camp Anything but Boring for Mattias Ekholm

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Before he led the entire League in hits throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs - and it wasn't even close - Austin Watson was spending the 2016-17 season establishing himself as a full-time NHL player, crafting his game into exactly what the Predators were looking for.

It didn't always come easy for Nashville's first-round selection in 2010, with Watson admitting on a number of occasions that when he got his first few chances with the big club, he was playing not to make a mistake, which in turn led to exactly what he was trying to avoid.

But now, the 6-foot-4 winger has turned into one of the more reliable forwards in a number of situations for Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette, and because of his efforts last season, Watson was rewarded with a three-year deal over the summer to remain in a city that has become home.

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Predators Reduce Roster to 53 Players

Team Assigns Pavel Koltygin, Jacob Paquette to Their Junior Clubs

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (September 18, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has assigned forward Pavel Koltygin (Drummondville/QMJHL) and defenseman Jacob Paquette (Kingston/OHL) to their junior teams.

Nashville's training camp roster is now at 53 players - 29 forwards, 19 defensemen and five goalies. An updated roster is available here.

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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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Josi Talks Leadership, D-Corps and Motivation for Preds

Star Defenseman Says Predators More Than Ready to Be Back in Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Like most of his Nashville Predators teammates, it took Roman Josi a couple of weeks to wind down from his club's appearance in the Stanley Cup Final and everything that came along with it.

But once he was back home in Switzerland, the offseason routines took over, and as it does every summer, the itch to get back to Tennessee returned.

So, when Josi hit the ice for the first official day of on-ice practices of the 2017-18 season, the pearly whites were out in full force between the high-pace, full-ice drills.

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Healthy Competition Plentiful as Preds Training Camp Begins

Frederick Gaudreau, Cody Bass Just Two Players Battling for NHL Roster Spots

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

For some, training camp is simply a chance to get back into game shape and fine tune skills before the 2017-18 regular season begins. Trying to make an impression or wondering if and when they may be sent to the minors isn't a thought.

Then there are others currently on the Nashville Predators roster - 55 in total as of now - battling for what may be just a few spots up for grabs on the NHL ledger, which must be finalized by Oct. 3, less than three weeks away.

Forwards Frederick Gaudreau and Cody Bass know they fit into this category. Nothing is guaranteed and everything must be earned for players like them, each with their own unique services to offer on the ice.

How they perform in the coming days will determine where they find themselves residing at the beginning of the next month, but who doesn't love a good challenge? Gaudreau and Bass have no choice.

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