Monday's news: Hornqvist Rising

The Nashville Predators will conclude their home preseason schedule tonight at Bridgestone Arena vs. the Atlanta Thrashers (followed by games at Atlanta on Wednesday, and at Washington on Sunday), check back here later this morning for the rosters when they're made available. Until then, load up on some hockey news!

After the jump, we have the hockey world's realization of just how good Patric Hornqvist is, a new Milwaukee Admirals blog on the beat, and news of a former Predator who's struggling to earn an NHL roster spot... 

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Nashville Predators News

Admirals Training Camp Invitees - Admirals Roundtable
Shame on me for not linking to this Milwaukee Admirals blog sooner - here's a look at some of the invitees attending their camp, which opens this week.

Hornqvist’s Stock Continues To Rise - Predlines
Amanda writes about how after just his single 30-goal season, Patric Hornqvist is drawing recognition from around the league.

30 Goals In 30 Days: #12 vs. CHI, 12/27 | PredsBlog
Sam's back with another .gif of another tip.

Offense notably absent through first half of Predators' preseason - Nashville City Paper
I'm not concerned about the offense, I just want those defense pairings to work smoothly at the start of the season. Last October was pretty messy.

2010-11 Nashville Predators Preview | SchoolYourPool.com
This review of the Preds sets a record for most uses of the term "two-way acumen".

Also, check out this video as someone from The Tennessean stalked Blake Geoffrion recently:


Around the NHL

Puck Daddy Contest Winners: 10 best fantasy hockey team names - Puck Daddy
While I like "The Fab Forecheckers" (which I use in Mirtle's league), the 10 listed here are truly awesome.

The Impact Of A Lost Faceoff, AKA Andrew Cogliano Scouting Report - The Copper & Blue
Do the Oilers need to move Andrew Cogliano over to the wing? An interesting analysis by Derek Zona.

mc79hockey.com - A post I’ll reference when Hall/MPS need new deals
Tyler argues that Taylor Hall shouldn't play in the NHL this year. Feel free to insert "Ryan Ellis" into this article instead.

Ryan Jones waits to play as Oilers finish up numbers game - Vancouver Sun
The former Pred is in a battle for a roster spot with Edmonton.

Stars make cuts, release Cheechoo, put five on waivers - The Dallas Morning News
My, how far Jonathan Cheechoo has fallen. It's sad to see a former 50-goal scorer unable to make a roster in training camp these days.

Canucks, Morrison edge closer to contract - The Globe and Mail
Brendan Morrison, on the other hand, may well win a job with Vancouver after heading there for a tryout.

Leafs try not to tip their cap - The Globe and Mail
Expect lots of maneuvering by many teams, not just Toronto, to not only assemble their best roster coming out of camp, but also to fit under the salary cap.

A Blast it has been to Blog the Montreal Canadiens at EOTP - So Long From Robert L - Habs Eyes On The Prize
SB Nation's Montreal site manager hangs up his mouse & keyboard, but the blog will live on.

Sports Talk Radio Exploits Lunatic Fringe | All Habs
You've gotta dig a piece that starts with, "Some time ago, political parties figured out that dumb people vote too."

All Habs Crossword Puzzle | All Habs
Yes, two links to All Habs this morning, but this is pretty cool - a crossword puzzle entirely dedicated to this year's Canadiens.

Bruins’ Superlatives for Success | The Hockey Writers
A remarkably dispassionate assessment of the Bruins' chances this season from a Boston blogger.

Mark Streit Out Six Months - Islesblogger
Well, so much for progress on Long Island this year...

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