Nashville Predators training camp opens Friday

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking..."

After two rollicking victories by the prospects down in Florida, the Nashville Predators' veterans report to hockey training camp tomorrow for testing and off-ice work, and hit the ice Saturday morning in the first open practice at Centennial Sportsplex.

Listen to this interview with GM David Poile on the Thom Abraham Show from this afternoon, and follow after the jump for all the details including your training camp roster & schedule...

David Poile on Thom Abraham Show 20100916 (mp3)

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On most days, there will be a morning and afternoon practice, as the players are split into two squads (rosters should be available Saturday). Of special interest is a 30-minute scrimmage, currently scheduled for 12:30 on Wednesday, September 22nd. All the practices at Centennial are open to the public, and it's a great way to spend your lunch hour and connect with some fellow hockey fans, so make sure to catch a practice or two.

The first home preseason game is Thursday, September 23rd against Carolina, which helps kick off Preds Fest, the multi-day celebration of hockey that features parties, a beer garden, and FREE TICKETS to that 9/23 game. The other two home preseason games are Saturday, September 25th against Washington (no, I wouldn't expect Alex Ovechkin to play, but you never know) and Monday, September 27th against Atlanta. On game days, there is usually just one practice for the guys who aren't playing, which runs from 12:00-1:30. As soon as the Preds post a link to their complete practice schedule I'll update this with a link.

All that leads up to the regular season opener on Saturday, October 9 vs. Anaheim. Just 23 days, folks!

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Nashville Predators 2010 Training Camp Roster

For a look at some of the younger guys, check out the primer that Seth posted here a few days ago, it's really dynamite stuff.

 NO.  FORWARDS      Ht     Wgt Shoots  Place of Birth  Birthdate  2009-10 Team
 28   Jonas Andersson 6-3 204 L  Stockholm, Sweden  2/24/1981  Dynamo Minsk (KHL)
 56   Taylor Beck 6-2 205 R  St. Catharines, Ont.  5/13/1991  Guelph (OHL)
 3   Wade Belak 6-5 222 R  Saskatoon, Sask.  7/3/1976  Nashville (NHL)
 57   Gabriel Bourque 5-9 185 L  Rimouski, Que.  9/23/1990  Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)/Moncton (QMJHL)
 71   J.P. Dumont 6-1 205 L  Montreal, Que.  4/1/1978  Nashville (NHL)
 10   Martin Erat 6-0 200 L  Trebic, Czech Rep.  8/29/1981  Nashville (NHL)
 45   Ryan Flynn 6-2 216 R  St. Paul, Minn.  3/22/1988  U. of Minnesota (WCHA)/Milwaukee (AHL)
 5   Blake Geoffrion 6-1 192 L  Plantation, Fla.  2/3/1988  U. of Wisconsin (WCHA)/Milwaukee (AHL)
 9   Marcel Goc 6-1 202 L  Calw, Germany  8/24/1983  Nashville (NHL)
 24   Matt Halischuk 5-11 185 R  Toronto, Ont.  6/1/1988  New Jersey (NHL)/Lowell (AHL)
 27   Patric Hornqvist 5-11 188 L  Sollentuna, Sweden  1/1/1987  Nashville (NHL)
 58   Linus Klasen 5-8 176 L  Stockholm, Sweden  2/19/1986  Sodertalje (Sweden)
 74   Sergei Kostitsyn 6-0 210 L  Novopolotsk, Belarus  3/20/1987  Montreal (NHL)/Hamilton (AHL)
 55   Michael Latta 5-11 207 R  Kitchener, Ont.  5/25/1991  Guelph (OHL)/Milwaukee (AHL)
 11   David Legwand 6-2 204 L  Detroit, Mich.  8/17/1980  Nashville (NHL)
 15   Matthew Lombardi 5-11 195 L  Montreal, Que.  3/18/1982  Phoenix (NHL)
 21   Jamie Lundmark 6-0 197 R  Edmonton, Alta.  1/16/1981  Calgary (NHL)/Abbotsford (AHL)/Toronto (NHL)
 53   Chris Mueller 5-10 180 R  West Seneca, N.Y.  3/6/1986  Milwaukee (AHL)/Cincinnati (ECHL)
 16   Cal O'Reilly 6-0 187 L  Toronto, Ont.  9/30/1986  Nashville (NHL)/Milwaukee (AHL)
 41   Mark Santorelli 6-1 188 R  Edmonton, Alta.  8/6/1988  Milwaukee (AHL)
 25   Jerred Smithson 6-3 206 R  Vernon, B.C.  2/4/1979  Nashville (NHL)
 13   Nick Spaling 6-1 196 L  Palmerston, Ont.  9/19/1988  Milwaukee (AHL)/Nashville (NHL)
 26   Steve Sullivan 5-8 161 R  Timmins, Ont.  7/6/1974  Nashville (NHL)
 65   Ryan Thang 5-11 189 R  Chicago, Ill.  5/11/1987  U. of Notre Dame (CCHA)/Milwaukee (AHL)
 12   Andreas Thuresson 6-1 212 R  Kristianstad, Sweden  11/18/1987  Milwaukee (AHL)/Nashville (NHL)
 22   Jordin Tootoo 5-9 197 R  Churchill, Man.  2/2/1983  Nashville (NHL)
 62   Mark Van Guilder 6-2 205 R  Roseville, Minn.  1/17/1984  Milwaukee (AHL)/Cincinnati (ECHL)
 29   Joel Ward 6-1 218 R  Toronto, Ont.  12/2/1980  Nashville (NHL)
 72   Austin Watson 6-3 185 R  Ann Arbor, Mich.  1/13/1992  Windsor (OHL)/Peterborough (OHL)
 33   Colin Wilson 6-1 214 L  Greenwich, Conn.  10/20/1989  Milwaukee (AHL)/Nashville (NHL)
 38   Kelsey Wilson 6-1 214 L  Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.  1/22/1986  EC Salzburg (Austria)
 NO.  DEFENSE Ht Wgt Shoots  Place of Birth  Birthdate  2009-10 Team
 75   Taylor Aronson 6-0 196 R  Placentia, Calif.  12/30/1991  Portland (WHL)
 7   Jonathon Blum 6-1 178 R  Long Beach, Calif.  1/30/1989  Milwaukee (AHL)
 51   Francis Bouillon 5-8 198 L  New York, N.Y.  10/17/1975  Nashville (NHL)
 60   Jamie Doornbosch 6-2 190 L  Scarborough, Ont.  2/1/1990  Peterborough (OHL)
 49   Ryan Ellis 5-9 172 R  Hamilton, Ont.  1/3/1991  Windsor (OHL)
 47   Scott Ford 6-3 216 R  Fort St. John, B.C.  12/24/1979  Milwaukee (AHL)
 4   Cody Franson 6-5 213 R  Salmon Arm, B.C.  8/8/1987  Nashville (NHL)/Milwaukee (AHL)
 2   Aaron Johnson 6-1 208 L  Port Hawkesbury, N.S.  4/30/1983  Edmonton (NHL)/Calgary (NHL)
 59   Roman Josi 6-1 198 L  Bern, Switzerland  6/1/1990  Bern (Switzerland)
 8   Kevin Klein 6-1 201 R  Kitchener, Ont.  12/13/1984  Nashville (NHL)
 32   Teemu Laakso 6-1 209 R  Tuusula, Finland  8/27/1987  Milwaukee (AHL)/Nashville (NHL)
 64   Scott Lehman 6-1 195 L  Windsor, Ont.  1/5/1986  Chicago (AHL)
 40   Grant Lewis 6-3 190 R  Upper Saint Shores, Pa.  1/20/1985  Chicago (AHL)/Hershey (AHL)
 23   Brett Palin 6-2 203 R  Nanaimo, B.C.  6/23/1984  Abbotsford (AHL)
 77   Ryan Parent 6-3 198 L  Prince Albert, Sask.  3/17/1987  Philadelphia (NHL)
 54   Charles-Olivier Roussel 6-1 201 R  St. Eustache, Que.  9/13/1991  Shawinigan (QMJHL)
 52   Alexander Sulzer 6-1 204 L  Kaufbeuren, Germany  5/30/1984  Milwaukee (AHL)/Nashville (NHL)
 20   Ryan Suter 6-1 198 L  Madison, Wis.  1/21/1985  Nashville (NHL)
 6   Shea Weber 6-4 234 R  Sicamous, B.C.  8/14/1985  Nashville (NHL)
 61   Cameron Wind 6-1 200 L  Orillia, Ont.  1/25/1992  Brampton (OHL)
 NO.  GOALTENDER Ht Wgt Catches  Place of Birth  Birthdate  2009-10 Team
 31   Mark Dekanich 6-2 190 L  North Vancouver, B.C.  5/10/1986  Milwaukee (AHL)/Cincinnati (ECHL)
 39   Anders Lindback 6-6 205 L  Gavle, Sweden  5/3/1988  Timra (Sweden)
 37   Chet Pickard 6-2 213 L  Moncton, N.B.  11/29/1989  Milwaukee (AHL)
 35   Pekka Rinne 6-5 207 L  Kempele, Finland  11/3/1982  Nashville (NHL)
 30   Jeremy Smith 6-0 171 L  Dearborn, Mich.  4/13/1989  Cincinnati (ECHL)/Milwaukee (AHL)
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