This morning we've got lots of news and notes related to the Nashville Predators Development Camp, as the media was out in full force for yesterday's initial on-ice session. Here's the Predators video recapping the day, and after the jump you'll find everything you need to start your day...
David Boclair lets us know why Colin Wilson didn't skate yesterday. A delay in getting all the medical paperwork together was the reason, and he'll hit the ice with the rest of the prospects this morning at 10:00 at Centennial Sportplex.
John Glennon checks in with Preds 2nd-round pick Zach Budish on the health of his knee, as well as several other prospects participating in this week's Development Camp.
Glennon also discusses the critical year ahead for Blake Geoffrion. The local product is heading into his senior year at Wisconsin, after which the decision will be made as to whether the Predators sign him to a pro contract.
Gabriel Desjardins watched the video of every Even Strength goal given up by San Jose last season, to determine which defensemen were most responsible. I'm not crazy about this kind of analysis because it overlooks blunders after which the goalie bails out his team with a great save, but you have to admire the the effort and determination here.
James takes a look at the 7-year contract that Chris Pronger just signed with Philadelphia. Because he'll be 35 before it takes effect, if he retires at some point in the middle, the Flyers could be on the hook for a $5 million cap hit during the remainder of the deal.
Christopher Ralph takes a stab at rating the best work done on Draft Day two weeks ago, and includes the Preds in his Top 10.
Blackhawks agree to three-year deal with Versteeg - TSN
The Chicago Blackhawks have cleaned up their qualifying offer mess by signing all the affected players to new contracts, with the latest going to Kris Versteeg. How they'll deal with the salary cap implications going forward is a bit of a mystery, but the bottom line is that the Calder trophy finalist won't hit the open market this summer as was hoped by some.