Nashville Predators development camp set for July 7-11

Nashville hockey fans can get their first on-ice look at 2010 1st-round draft pick Austin Watson at the Predators' Development Camp July 7-11 at Centennial Sportsplex.

The Nashville Predators have released the roster and schedule for their 2010 Development Camp, in which prospects and recent draftees work out under the eyes of the Preds' hockey operations group and gets direction on what they need to do to take their next steps as professionals.

Last year, the final day of camp featured a scrimmage and shootout competition that entertained the hundreds of fans who turned out at Centennial Sportsplex. I highly recommend getting out of the July heat and joining us in a look at the Predators' future.

Follow after the jump for all the details, including expected appearances by Blake Geoffrion, Ryan Ellis, Colin Wilson, and 2010 1st-round draft pick Austin Watson...

From the Preds:

The Nashville Predators will have many of their top prospects in town next week when they officially open their 2010 Developmental Camp on Tuesday, July 6 at Centennial Sportsplex at 7 a.m. with fitness testing.  Players will be available to the media on Tuesday between 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Sportsplex as they work through testing stations. The camp continues through Sunday, July 11 with the first of four on-ice sessions coming at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7.

 The purpose of the camp is to educate and direct players in their pro development and conditioning programs, and the week's events will be presided over by the Predators coaching staff.  Strength and Conditioning Coach David Good will lead the scheduled training regimen, which includes a variety of dry-land activities and workouts, on-ice fundamentals work, off-ice testing and team-building activities.  The players will also receive instruction on training principles such as sport-specific power and strength enhancement, flexibility and off-ice conditioning. 

Coaches and members of the Predators' player development/scouting staff will be assisted by Director of Player Development Martin Gelinas, Milwaukee Admirals (AHL affiliate) head coach Lane Lambert and assistant coach Ian Herbers.

Each of the club's first or second-round selections from the past five drafts will be in attendance, including 2010 first-rounder Austin Watson and four of the other five prospects selected in last weekend's draft.

All on-ice workouts at Centennial Sportsplex are open to the public. On-ice sessions are currently scheduled for:

            Wednesday, July 7                                    10:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.

            Thursday, July 8                                        10:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.

            Saturday, July 10                                       10:45 a.m.-12:45 a.m.

            Sunday, July 11                                         2 p.m.-4 p.m.

The preliminary roster of attending players is below and a development camp schedule is attached.  Please note that players will be available for interviews after the events/activities take place; please contact the Nashville Predators Communications Department for more information on specific events/activities.  Both the schedule and roster are subject to change.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2010 DEVELOPMENT CAMP ROSTER

FORWARDS

Height

Weight

Shoots

Place of Birth

Birthdate

2009-10 Team

Taylor Beck

6-2

205

R

St. Catharines, Ont.

5/13/91

Guelph (OHL)

Gabriel Bourque

5-9

185

L

Rimouski, Que.

9/23/90

Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)/Moncton (QMJHL)

Zach Budish

6-3

223

R

Edina, Minn.

5/9/91

U. of Minnesota (WCHA)

Patrick Cehlin

5-11

172

R

Huddinge, Sweden

7/27/91

Djurgarden (Sweden)/Djurgarden Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)

David Elsner

6-0

185

L

Landshut, Germany

3/22/92

Landshut (Germany-2)/Landshut Jr. (Germany-Jr.)

Ryan Flynn

6-2

216

R

St. Paul, Minn.

3/22/88

U. of Minnesota (WCHA)/Milwaukee (AHL)

Blake Geoffrion

6-1

192

L

Plantation, Fla.

2/3/88

U. of Wisconsin (WCHA)

Matt Halischuk

5-11

185

R

Toronto, Ont.

6/1/88

New Jersey (NHL)/Lowell (AHL)

Linus Klasen

5-8

176

L

Stockholm, Sweden

2/19/86

Sodertalje (Sweden)

Jani Lajunen

6-1

184

L

Helsinki, Finland

6/16/90

Espoo (Finland)/Espoo Jr. (Fin-Jr.)

Michael Latta

5-11

207

R

Kitchener, Ont.

5/25/91

Guelph (OHL)

Ian McKenzie

6-5

235

R

Weyburn, Sask.

5/23/87

Milwaukee (AHL)/Cincinnati (ECHL)

Nick Oliver

6-3

205

L

Grand Forks, N.D.

5/4/91

Fargo (USHL)

Joonas Rask

5-11

168

R

Savonlinna, Finland

3/24/90

Ilves (Finland)/Ilves Jr. (Finland Jr.)

Cameron Reid

6-2

187

L

Delta, B.C.

8/25/91

Westside (BCHL)

Ben Ryan

5-11

190

R

Detroit, Mich.

10/16/88

U. of Notre Dame (CCHA)

Mark Santorelli

6-1

188

R

Burnaby, B.C.

8/6/88

Milwaukee (AHL)

Craig Smith

6-1

189

R

Madison, Wis.

9/5/89

U. of Wisconsin (WCHA)

Nick Spaling

6-1

196

L

Palmerston, Ont.

9/19/88

Milwaukee (AHL)/Nashville (NHL)

Taylor Stefishen

5-11

191

R

North Vancouver, B.C.

8/15/90

Ohio State University (CCHA)

Ryan Thang

5-11

189

R

Chicago, Ill.

5/11/87

U. of Notre Dame (CCHA)/Milwaukee (AHL)

Austin Watson

6-3

185

R

Ann Arbor, Mich.

1/13/92

Windsor (OHL)/Peterborough (OHL)

Colin Wilson

6-1

214

L

Greenwich, Conn.

10/20/89

Milwaukee (AHL)/Nashville (NHL)

DEFENSE

Height

Weight

Shoots

Place of Birth

Birthdate

2009-10 Team

Taylor Aronson

6-0

196

R

Placentia, Calif.

12/30/91

Portland (WHL)

Anthony Bitetto

6-1

210

L

Island Park, N.Y.

7/15/90

Indiana (USHL)

Jonathon Blum

6-1

178

R

Long Beach, Calif.

1/30/89

Milwaukee (AHL)

Mattias Ekholm

6-4

196

L

Borlange, Sweden

5/24/90

Mora (Sweden-2)

Ryan Ellis

5-9

172

R

Hamilton, Ont.

1/3/91

Windsor (OHL)

Jeffrey Foss

6-2

205

R

Fargo, N.D.

12/12/88

R.P.I. (ECAC)

Roman Josi

6-1

198

L

Bern, Switzerland

6/1/90

Bern (Switzerland)

Charles-Olivier Roussel

6-1

201

R

St. Eustache, Que.

9/13/91

Shawinigan (QMJHL)








GOALTENDER

Height

Weight

Catches

Place of Birth

Birthdate

2009-10 Team

Atte Engren

6-1

184

L

Rauma, Finland

2/19/88

TPS Turku (Finland)

Anders Lindback

6-6

205

L

Gavle, Sweden

5/3/88

Timra (Sweden)

Chet Pickard

6-2

213

L

Moncton, N.B.

11/29/89

Milwaukee (AHL)

Jeremy Smith

6-0

171

L

Dearborn, Mich.

4/13/89

Cincinnati (ECHL)/Milwaukee (AHL)

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