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Preds Believe Assigning Tolvanen to AHL is Best for Development

Nashville Hopes Experience in Milwaukee Will Shape Top Prospect Into NHL Player

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

It's all part of the process.

The Predators would have been thrilled to see Eeli Tolvanen light it up in the preseason and solidify a spot on the Opening Night roster. But, as just about every other player in the Nashville locker room has done before him, one more stop is needed.

The Preds assigned the 19-year-old winger to the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL on Wednesday afternoon to bring the NHL roster down to 26, just one week out from the start of the regular season.

For Tolvanen, it's an opportunity to continue to develop and improve as a player, something the Predators want him to embrace.

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Predators Reduce Roster to 52 Players

Team Assigns Three to Their Junior Clubs

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (September 17, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has assigned defensemen Jacob Paquette (Kingston/OHL) and Vladislav Yeryomenko (Calgary/WHL) and forward Pavel Koltygin (Drummondville/QMJHL) to their junior teams.

The Predators' training camp roster is now at 52 players - 31 forwards, 16 defensemen and five goaltenders. An updated roster is attached.

Nashville's three-week training camp is headlined by six preseason games, beginning with a doubleheader on the road today against the Florida Panthers at 2:30 and 6 p.m. CT. The Predators then will face off against the Tampa Bay on back-to-back nights, hosting the Lightning on Sept. 21 and traveling to Tampa on Sept. 22. Nashville will close out its preseason slate with two games against the Hurricanes, welcoming Carolina to Bridgestone Arena on Sept. 25 before playing them on the road five days later on Sept. 30.

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Tolvanen Scores Twice as Preds Rookies Fall in Tournament Finale

Nashville Concludes Prospect Showcase as Main Training Camp Lies Ahead

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Highlights: Preds 5, Caps 8

Highlights from Nashville's 8-5 loss

Eeli Tolvanen scored twice in Nashville's final contest of the Prospects Showcase

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Two goals from Eeli Tolvanen weren't enough as the Predators rookies fell to the Washington Capitals prospects, 8-5, on Tuesday afternoon to conclude the 2018 NHL Prospects Showcase.

Nashville never had a lead in the game, and although they made a late push with three goals in the third, it wasn't the result they were hoping to finish with as the trip comes to an end.

Still, the Preds finished the tournament with two wins in three tries, and as Milwaukee Admirals Head Coach Karl Taylor explained, not all was lost with one bad taste at the conclusion.

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Poile, Preds Evaluating the Future During Rookie Camp

Nashville General Manager Pleased with Progress of Top Prospects

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

David Poile looks at these few days as a perfect time to see what he has "in the cupboard."

In attendance to watch the Predators rookies hit the ice at the 2018 NHL Prospects Showcase in Estero, Florida, the Nashville general manager has been pleased with what he's witnessed thus far. It's hard not to be positive with a 2-0-0 record and five goals scored in each contest, but there's much more to it than just putting the puck in the net.

While Poile and his staff - including Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette - have just about every option available to them during the season when it comes to checking in on the top prospects in the organization, nothing beats seeing them in person.

In that sense, three games across four days in a tropical locale is just about as good as it gets for all involved.

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Preds Rookies Stay Perfect with 5-3 Win Over Lightning

Five Different Goal Scorers Lead Nashville to Second Victory in Two Days

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

They're 2-for-2.

Five different Predators rookies found the back of the net as Nashville defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 5-3 final on Sunday afternoon at Germain Arena. The result gives the Predators two wins in as many days in the NHL Prospects Showcase, with 10 goals scored in total in that time span.

A balanced attack led the Preds on Sunday, with the team believing they put forth an improved effort compared to the opening contest of the tournament, and although Tampa Bay made it interesting late, the Nashville rookies passed the test once more.

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Preds Rookies Come Back to Top Capitals as Prospect Showcase Begins

Colin Blackwell, Mathieu Olivier Each Tally Twice in 5-4 Win

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Highlights: Preds 5, Caps 4

Highlights from the Preds 5-4 win

Nashville comes back to defeat Washington in the first game of the Prospects Showcase

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Colin Blackwell and Mathieu Olivier each tallied twice as the Predators rookies came back to defeat the Washington Capitals prospects in the opening contest of the 2018 NHL Prospects Showcase.

Nashville entered the third frame down 3-2, but a pair from Olivier in the period, as well as Blackwell's second of the afternoon, gave the Preds all they needed to start the tournament in Estero, Florida, with a 1-0-0 record.

"I thought there was lots of effort," Milwaukee Admirals Head Coach Karl Taylor said. "We needed to get our legs under us, and being down and coming back in the third is always a good sign. If you look at the stats and the numbers, it's rare to have that occur, so that was a nice growth moment figuring that out."

"That first game of this tournament, you never really know what you're going to get," Blackwell said. "It's the first time a lot of guys have played since March or April or May… but it was good to see how we regrouped in the third and finished that off. There's a lot of good things, but there's a lot of things to clean up by tomorrow and get back after it again."

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Preds Rookies Head to Florida Prospect Showcase to Learn, Win

Eeli Tolvanen, Alexandre Carrier Hoping to Lead Team in Games Against Washington, Tampa Bay

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

It's a unique situation for these select few.

Just 24 hours ago, they all gathered in Nashville and took to the ice for the first time as a group under the guidance of a new head coach. And in less than 24 hours from now, they'll lace up their skates again, this time with foes donning Washington Capitals sweaters staring them down on the other side of the rink.

The 22 participants in this weekend's Predators Rookie Camp - and subsequent NHL Prospects Showcase in Estero, Florida - will receive an experience unlike any other, a jump right off the high dive of sorts, before even dipping a toe in the water.

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Preds Rookie Camp: What to Watch For

Tolvanen Headlines Top Preds Prospects as Rookie Camp Begins

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Before the likes of Filip Forsberg, Roman Josi and Pekka Rinne report to Nashville in less than a week's time, those trying to become household names themselves get their chance to shine.

Predators Rookie Camp is officially underway in Music City, with 22 participants taking the ice and hoping to catch the watchful eyes of those who make the personnel decisions in Nashville.

Each and every skater has been here before, whether through past rookie camps, development camps, or a combination of the two. They all have slightly different backgrounds, but they all arrive with the same goal - to one day call Bridgestone Arena their home rink.

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Predators Rookie Camp Opens Thursday, Sept. 6

Prospects Head to Florida for NHL Prospects Showcase from Sept. 8-11

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (August 22, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday that the team's prospects will report to Nashville on Thursday, Sept. 6, before heading to Estero, Fla., the following day for the 2018 NHL Prospects Showcase against the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning from Sept. 8-11 at Germain Arena.

The Predators team, which will be comprised of signed and unsigned draft picks and free-agent signings, will be coached 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 2017 first-round draft pick Eeli Tolvanen (30th overall), 2017-18 Admirals leading-scorer Emil Pettersson and 2018 draft selection Vladislav Yeryomenko (151st overall). Also taking part in the showcase will be multiple 2018 free-agent signings, including forwards Tanner Jeannot, Carl Persson, Zach Magwood and Colin Blackwell, defenseman Filip Pyrochta and goaltenders Niclas Westerholm and Miroslav Svoboda. 

This marks the ninth time in the last 10 rookie camps that Predators prospects will play games against another Sunbelt franchise, and the fifth time in the last six camps that a team of rookies will compete in a tournament. Last season, Nashville hosted the Tampa Bay Lighting's prospects in a three-game series at Ford Ice Center after the scheduled tournament at Germain Arena was canceled due to Hurricane Irma. Through proceeds raised from the three-game event and the auction of a Pekka Rinne game-used mask from the Nashville's 2017-18 home opener, the Nashville Predators Foundation donated $25,000 to hurricane relief efforts. Predators prospects - along with those from Florida, Tampa Bay and Boston - helped open Ford Ice Center with a rookie tournament in September of 2014, and those same four teams competed against each other in Sunrise, Fla., in 2013. Nashville prospects have also played two-game sets against Florida (2011 and 2010), Atlanta (2008 and 2009) and Columbus (2002 and 2003). In the franchise's first four seasons (1998-2001), Predators prospects competed in the Traverse City Rookie Tournament. 

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Preds Rookies to Participate in 2018 Prospect Showcase

Nashville Prospects to Play Three Tournament Games Prior to Training Camp

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Before they try to impress in Nashville, Predators rookies will strive to win in the Sunshine State.

One day after they report to Music City on Sept. 6 for the start of Rookie Camp, the Preds prospects will head to Estero, Florida, for a three-team, four-day tournament. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals will also skate in the 2018 NHL Prospects Showcase in what has become an annual component of Nashville's Rookie Camp.

Two Preds players with regular-season NHL experience - forward Eeli Tolvanen and defenseman Alexandre Carrier - are expected to participate in the camp, as well as other top prospects in the system, such as forwards Anthony Richard, Emil Pettersson and Yakov Trenin, defenseman Frederic Allard and goaltender Miroslav Svoboda.

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