After the Nashville Predators reduced their training camp roster to 55 on Sunday evening, it was back to work on Monday, this time with players split up into two different teams as opposed to three.
Team Silver, comprised of players who saw time at the NHL level during the 2013-14 season (with the exception of defenseman Johan Alm) hit the ice first on Monday. Every skater in the group seems likely to stick around camp through the first week of October before final roster moves are made.
Forwards Taylor Beck, Gabriel Bourque, Rich Clune, Matt Cullen, Filip Forsberg, Paul Gaustad, Calle Jarnkrok, Olli Jokinen, James Neal, Eric Nystrom, Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Craig Smith, Viktor Stalberg and Colin Wilson, defensemen Alm, Victor Bartley, Mattias Ekholm, Seth Jones, Roman Josi, Joe Piskula, Anton Volchenkov and Shea Weber, and goaltenders Carter Hutton and Pekka Rinne made up the group.
Line combinations to begin the morning session were as follows:
The group worked on a number of drills, including breakouts, passing and conditioning sets.
Team Blue, including the likes of forwards Kevin Fiala and Colton Sissons, took to the ice for the later session of the day, participating in similar work.
The Predators forward appeared to sustain an injury after crossing the blue line during an early drill in the morning session. Stalberg left the ice for the locker room and did not return. He suffered a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated in the coming days.
Forsberg on skating with Neal and Ribeiro:
“It was a really, really good experience playing with two great hockey players. I’m just trying to be in the right spots and they’ll find me and I’ll try to put it in. So it was really good.”
Sissons on adjusting to Peter Laviolette’s new system:
“I think every day we’re getting more used to the new system. When you’re playing hockey, you don’t want to be thinking about where you’re supposed to be out there. I think as some exhibition games come, we’ll be able to try some of the new things out there. I think that will help ingrain it in our minds”
Bartley on a defenseman’s role in the new system:
“I think the focus on offense this year will great. It’s going to open up a lot of new plays for the defense to get involved… Any time you can get the defense running around and switching positions, it can cause mayhem in the defensive zone for the other team. That’s what we’re looking to do this year and running through all these systems now is going to pay off.”
Shot of the Day:
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