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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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Preds Prospects Look to Impress During Rookie Camp

Predators Prospects Alexandre Carrier, Justin Kirkland Just Two Hoping to Impress Coaches

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Instead of jumping on an airplane on Friday afternoon and heading south to Florida - an impending hurricane disrupted those plans - the Nashville Predators rookies will remain at home this weekend, welcoming the Tampa Bay Lightning to Ford Ice Center for a trio of games.

And with just two practices ahead of time to make preparations, time is of the essence - to a point.

Milwaukee Admirals Head Coach Dean Evason - who will lead the rookies this weekend - and his staff strike a balance of system implementation, but also team chemistry, working to build a familiarity between the players and coaches.

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Poile, Laviolette Update Status of Ellis, Bonino, Preds Captaincy

Preds GM Talks Injuries to Ryan Ellis, Nick Bonino, Discusses Captaincy Plans Ahead of Training Camp

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

As Nashville Predators Rookie Camp commenced Thursday, Preds General Manager David Poile and Head Coach Peter Laviolette provided a number updates on their club as they prepare to enter training camp next week.

Nashville will be without two skaters when the team hits the ice for the first practice of camp on Sept. 16 as defenseman Ryan Ellis and forward Nick Bonino will miss time due to injury.

Ellis underwent knee surgery in the offseason for an ailment suffered in the playoffs, and will need time to recover, with Poile stating he hopes the blueliner will be ready for game action around the end of December.

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Preds Rookie Camp Preview: Five Players to Watch

Alexandre Carrier, Yakov Trenin Headline List of Preds Prospects in Nashville for Rookie Camp

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Hockey is back, and the prospects are up first.

The Nashville Predators will begin their annual rookie camp on Thursday when they hit the ice at Centennial Sportsplex at 1 p.m. (CT), with 22 players making up the group that will look to catch the eye of the Preds organization over the coming days.

The rookies have seen their itinerary impacted due to Hurricane Irma's anticipated arrival to South Florida - where the team was scheduled to participate in a rookie tournament along with prospects from Tampa Bay, Florida and Washington - and will instead remain in Nashville, hosting the Lightning for games at Ford Ice Center on Sept. 9, 10 and 12, with a full schedule available here.

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Preds to Host Lightning in Rookie Games at Ford Ice Center

Preds, Lightning to Play Three Times Following Cancellation of Florida Rookie Tournament

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (September 6, 2017) - Following the cancellation of the 2017 Rookie Tournament in Estero, Florida, due to Hurricane Irma, the Nashville Predators announced Wednesday they will host the Tampa Bay Lightning in a three-game rookie camp series at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee, from Sept. 9-12.

The two teams will face off on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. CT and Sunday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m. CT before reconvening on Tuesday, Sept. 12 for the final game at 11 a.m CT.

The Predators' full rookie camp roster may be viewed here.

All three games will be open to the public. Along with Nashville's ongoing hurricane relief efforts, the Predators will be collecting $10 donations at the door benefiting Hurricane Irma relief. Additionally, fans are invited to bring donation items to Ford Ice Center or Bridgestone Arena for collection. Items needed include: new socks and underwear, OTC medications, first aid supplies, phone chargers, face masks, work and plastic gloves, towels and bed linens.

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