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Tomasino Makes Opening Night Roster as NHL Journey with Preds Begins

Nashville Forward Knows Real Work Just Beginning as Others Head Back to Milwaukee

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Since Day 1 of Predators Training Camp, Philip Tomasino has had a quiet confidence about him.

Combined with his happy-go-lucky personality fit perfectly for a 20-year-old trying to make an NHL roster, Tomasino wasn't sweating things on Monday afternoon when he was asked if he had made the team.

The forward said he hadn't been told yet one way or the other, but he wasn't going to spend the rest of the day pacing around his Nashville hotel room. Instead, he suggested a call to his parents or some PGA video games might be on the docket.

But on Tuesday morning, the Preds confirmed their final 23-man roster, and Tomasino's No. 26 was a part of it.

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Predators Sign Jack Matier to Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract

Defensemen Was Selected by Nashville in Fourth Round, 124th Overall, of 2021 NHL Draft

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (October 11, 2021) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today the team has signed defenseman Jack Matier to a three-year, entry-level contract.

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Jeannot, Afanasyev Taking Different Paths on NHL Journey to Nashville

Predators Forward Tanner Jeannot Ready for Added Responsibility; Egor Afanasyev Looking to Make Opening Night Roster

by Justin Hershey @justinhershey26 / NashvillePredators.com

There are several ways to make it in the NHL.

Some players are highly sought after from the start, earning their way through impressive play from their youth and eventually hearing their name called from the podium at the NHL Draft. Others need to scrape and claw for their shot at NHL stardom, stopping across the world in junior leagues and hoping their skills prove their worth.

Both paths can yield results, and both paths are important parts of building an organization. The Nashville Predators have been fortunate enough to discover and develop a number of youthful forwards over the years, including both Tanner Jeannot and Egor Afanasyev.

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Preds Rookies Beat Carolina in Overtime to Conclude Prospect Showcase

Cooley, Novak Lead Nashville Prospects to OT Win Against Carolina to Finish Rookie Camp

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The rookies are heading home happy.

Tommy Novak scored just 20 seconds into overtime as he gave the Predators a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes to conclude their stay at the 2021 NHL Prospect Showcase on Tuesday morning.

The result sends the prospects back to Nashville with a 1-2-0 record in the tournament, and although it took the Preds three outings to earn a win, there wasn't a better way to end their time spent in Tampa.

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Tomasino, Farrance Continue to Prove Themselves During Preds Rookie Camp

Nashville's Top Prospects Eager to Show Skills During Rookie Showcase and Beyond

by Justin Hershey @justinhershey26 / NashvillePredators.com

NHL Rookie Camp can often pose a simple agenda - help prospects develop their skills. But for defenseman David Farrance and centerman Philip Tomasino, the Predators 2021 Rookie Camp is a platform to prove that their skills are NHL-ready.

Farrance and Tomasino are two of many promising prospects competing for Milwaukee Admirals Head Coach Karl Taylor this weekend at the NHL Prospect Showcase in Tampa, Florida, and both boast a chance to contribute at the NHL level in Nashville this season.

With a number of young Predators prospects headed to Tampa - including 2021 first-round pick Zachary L'Heureux - Farrance and Tomasino bring a bit of experience to the group. Following a pair of practices in Nashville, Taylor and his squad will play games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes, and these two players in particular will be heavily relied upon.

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Admirals Coach Taylor Leading Preds Prospects at Rookie Camp and Beyond

Milwaukee Bench Boss Karl Taylor Tasked with Developing Nashville's Top Prospects on Journey to NHL

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Karl Taylor isn't shy when stating his team's intentions for their four-day excursion down to Tampa: he and the Predators prospects intend to prevail in each of their three outings.

In the grand scheme of it all, no one is going to remember the result of a rookie game five years from now, but that's just how a coach's brain is wired - to win. Taylor, the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals - Nashville's AHL affiliate - has led the Preds through a pair of practices as Rookie Camp got underway in Nashville, and now the group is headed south for the 2021 Prospect Showcase.

There, Preds rookies will face off against their peers from Tampa Bay, Florida and Carolina, hockey that is certainly meaningful to all involved, no matter if they're in front of or behind the bench.

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Preds Official Podcast: Rookie Camp Extravaganza

Predators Prospect Luke Prokop and Milwaukee Admirals Head Coach Karl Taylor Join the Show as Rookie Camp Begins

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Hockey is back, and Predators Rookie Camp is underway. Preds prospect Luke Prokop joins the show to discuss coming out as a gay athlete and the amazing support he's felt in Nashville and beyond. Plus, Milwaukee Admirals Head Coach Karl Taylor joins Brooks Bratten and Kara Hammer to chat about Rookie Camp and what's next for Nashville's top prospects. 

  • Predators Rookie Camp begins in Nashville before the 2021 Prospect Showcase in Tampa
  • What to expect from Philip Tomasino and David Farrance
  • Interview with Preds prospect Luke Prokop
  • Interview with Milwaukee Admirals Head Coach Karl Taylor
  • Answering your Twitter questions

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

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Predators Rookie Camp Opens Thursday, Sept. 16

Nashville Prospects Will Skate at Centennial Sportsplex Before Departing for 2021 NHL Prospect Showcase in Florida

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (September 10, 2021) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team's prospects will report to Nashville for the start of Rookie Camp on Thursday, Sept. 16, before heading to Tampa, Fla., the following day for the 2021 NHL Prospect Showcase.

The Predators team, which will be comprised of signed and unsigned draft picks, AHL free-agent signings and skaters attending on try-out agreements, will be led by Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville's AHL affiliate) Head Coach Karl Taylor and Assistant Coaches Scott Ford and Greg Rallo. Among the 22 players scheduled to participate are 2019 first-round pick Philip Tomasino, 2017 third-round pick David Farrance and 2021 first-round pick Zachary L'Heureux. Also taking part in the showcase will be recent draft picks Egor Afanasyev (2019 second round), Luke Prokop (2020 third round), Marc Del Gaizo (2019 fourth round) and Juuso Parssinen (2019 seventh round) and players who competed in the AHL last season, including Cole Smith, Patrick Harper, Tommy Novak and Devin Cooley.

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Smashville Scope: September 1

Tolvanen's Deal, Forsberg's Training, Development Camp Mics and More in This Week's Smashville Scope, Presented by JOCKEY

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Smashville Scope presented by JOCKEY prepares fans for the week ahead with news, videos and clips from the past week, plus, game and event info for the next seven days. Use promo code "GOAL" to save 25% on your next JOCKEY purchase

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The final restricted free agent on Nashville's offseason checklist has put pen to paper.

On Monday, Eeli Tolvanen inked a three-year, $4.35 million contract with the Preds, the eighth and final RFA to finalize a deal with the club over the summer months.

Tolvanen joins fellow forwards Rem Pitlick, Mathieu Olivier and Tanner Jeannot, defensemen Dante Fabbro, Jeremy Davies and Ben Harpur, as well as goaltender Juuse Saros, as former RFAs who now own new contracts headed into the 2021-22 season.

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Preds Official Podcast: Future Stars, Future Starter

Juuse Saros Signs a Four-Year Contract; Philip Tomasino Joins the Show as Preds Development Camp Concludes

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The final episode of the offseason is here, and Juuse Saros is signed. Nashville's goaltender agrees to a four-year, $20 million contract and looks back on Pekka Rinne's influence on his career. Also, Preds prospect Philip Tomasino joins the show as Development Camp concludes. Brooks Bratten and Chris Mason discuss it all, plus they answer some listener questions.

  • Juuse Saros signs a four-year contract and looks back on Pekka Rinne's career
  • Development Camp concludes with the Future Stars Game
  • Interview with Philip Tomasino
  • Answering your Twitter questions

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

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