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Goaltender Cooley Will Use Smarts Later, Focused on Stopping Pucks Now

Nashville Goalie Prospect Used Time at Denver to Improve On and Off Ice, Enjoys Building Websites in Spare Time

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Devin Cooley might build a website for your company one day. Maybe he'll be able to offer some financial advice. Perhaps he'll even sell you a house in the years to come.

A finance major with a double minor in computer science and real estate at the University of Denver, Cooley will have plenty to fall back on if this whole goaltending thing doesn't work out. For the time being, however, he's actually quite good at stopping pucks, too.

He was good enough, in fact, for the Predators to take notice and sign the 23-year-old to a two-year, entry-level contract back at the end of September following three seasons as a netminder for the Pioneers.

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Predators Sign Rem Pitlick to One-Year, Two-Way Contract

Forward Scored 20 Goals for Milwaukee Admirals in 2019-20, his First Professional Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (October 20, 2020) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced Tuesday that the team has signed forward Rem Pitlick to a one-year, two-way contract worth $874,125 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level for the 2020-21 season.

Pitlick, 23 (4/2/97), tallied 20 goals and 36 points in 63 games for the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals in 2019-20, his first full professional season. He tied for third on the Admirals in goals - helping lead them to the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the AHL's regular-season champions - and was among the AHL's top rookie skaters, finishing tied for first in power-play goals (10), fifth in goals and tied for 10th in points out of all first-year players. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound forward made his NHL debut with the Predators on March 25, 2019 at Minnesota and was part of Nashville's roster for the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

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Preds Netminders Askarov, Ingram Named Top Goaltending Prospects

The Athletic's Scott Wheeler Says Predators Goaltending Prospects Rank First, Fourth Among All Puck Stoppers

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators already have one of the NHL's top tandems in the crease, and the future might just be even better.

Nashville netminders Iaroslav Askarov and Connor Ingram were ranked first and fourth, respectively, according to Scott Wheeler of The Athletic in his piece entitled "NHL prospect rankings: Wheeler's top 10 goalies, post-2020 draft edition."

Ingram, who split duties in net last season with the Milwaukee Admirals, was already considered one of the top goaltending prospects in the world. Now, after the Predators utilized the 11th overall selection in last week's 2020 NHL Draft to snag Askarov, there appears to be no better prospect pool when it comes to puck stoppers in a single organization.

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Predators Sign Kasimir Kaskisuo to One-Year, Two-Way Contract

Goaltender Made his NHL Debut with Toronto During 2019-20 Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (October 13, 2020) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced Tuesday that the team has signed goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo (kaz-AH-mear kass-KA-soo-oh) to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 at the NHL level and $75,000 at the AHL level for the 2020-21 season. 

Kaskisuo, 27 (10/2/92), made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 16, 2019 at Pittsburgh and appeared in 27 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies in 2019-20, his fourth full professional season. Last season with the Marlies, the 6-foot-3, 194-pound goaltender won a career-high 14 games and recorded a 2.79 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and one shutout. In 95 career AHL performances with Toronto and the Chicago Wolves, Kaskisuo is 46-32-10 with a 2.65 goals-against average and eight shutouts, including a career-best four during the 2018-19 season.

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Predators Loan Egor Afanasyev to KHL's CSKA Moscow

Second-Round Pick from 2019 Tied for OHL Windsor Lead in Points During 2019-20 Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (October 11, 2020) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced Sunday that the team has loaned forward Egor Afanasyev to the Kontinental Hockey League's CSKA Moscow.

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Draft Picks Ecstatic, Honored to Be Selected by Predators Organization

Nashville Adds Seven Players - Three Forwards, Three Defensemen, One Goaltender - in 2020 NHL Draft

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Two days, seven rounds and seven selections later, the Predators ended up with three Lukes, a Gunnarwolfe and a very bright future.

Nashville added three forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender to the organization over the course of the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday evening and throughout the day on Wednesday, an impressive continuation of "restocking of the cupboard" and the club's prospect depth.

"We definitely addressed our needs through this draft, mainly by getting a young goalie in Iaroslav Askarov who going into the future brings a lot of promise to our organization," Predators Chief Amateur Scout Tom Nolan said. "Other than that, we really needed to fill a lot of holes, so we picked up some forwards and two right-handed defensemen, which was an area in our depth chart we needed to address. In all areas of the game - from skill, character, speed and size - we hit every aspect and we're happy that we did. We are happy with how the draft went."

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Preds Add Franchise Goaltender in Askarov with 11th Pick in NHL Draft

Nashville Believes Russian Netminder Could Soon Be Top Goalie in NHL

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators believe they've just added a "franchise goaltender" to their organization.

With the 11th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, Nashville selected Russian netminder Iaroslav Askarov, a transaction the club was thrilled to complete from their offices at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night.

Preds General Manager David Poile, surrounded by members of his staff, such as Assistant General Managers Jeff Kealty and Brian Poile, as well as Chief Amateur Scout Tom Nolan, watched as the first 10 names went off the board in Round 1 of the virtual draft, and when pick No. 11 arrived, the group was thrilled to see Askarov's name still available.

So, in a draft littered with talent, why take a goaltender? For the Predators, the answer was simple.

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Preds Official Podcast: 2020 NHL Draft Preview

Predators Chief Amateur Scout Tom Nolan Joins the Show to Discuss Draft Preparations; GM David Poile Talks Potential Changes to Nashville Roster

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

The Predators are slated to pick at No. 11 overall at the NHL Draft from Oct. 6 to 7. Nashville Chief Amateur Scout Tom Nolan joins the show to set the stage for an unprecedented, virtual draft. NHL Free Agency opens on Oct. 9, and Preds GM David Poile discusses who could be leaving or joining the team for the 2020-21 season.

  • Preds GM David Poile talks potential roster changes
  • Chief Amateur Scout Tom Nolan discusses NHL Draft preparations
  • Who could the Predators take at pick No. 11?
  • Answering your Twitter questions

Visit NashvillePredators.com/Podcast to subscribe through iTunes, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify and others.

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2020 NHL Draft Profile - Potential Preds: Jack Quinn

Dynamic Winger Could Be Target for Nashville at Pick No. 11 in NHL Draft

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The 2020 NHL Draft will look different than it ever has before, but the goal for the Predators remains the same - find players who will one day dress for the club on a full-time basis.

The Preds are currently scheduled to have seven opportunities to select those players in the upcoming NHL Draft - which will be held virtually - including the 11th overall pick in Round 1. That selection will be made sometime during the evening of Oct. 6 from a Bridgestone Arena conference room instead of a busy draft floor, and there are a number of players the Predators are eyeing.

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2020 NHL Draft Profile - Potential Preds: Marco Rossi

Ontario Hockey League's Top Scorer Could Be Nashville's Pick at No. 11

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The 2020 NHL Draft will look different than it ever has before, but the goal for the Predators remains the same - find players who will one day dress for the club on a full-time basis.

The Preds are currently scheduled to have seven opportunities to select those players in the upcoming NHL Draft - which will be held virtually - including the 11th overall pick in Round 1. That selection will be made sometime during the evening of Oct. 6 from a Bridgestone Arena conference room instead of a busy draft floor, and there are a number of players the Predators are eyeing.

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