With the 2011 Nashville Predators Development Camp in the rear-view mirror, one thing to keep an eye out for will be which of the kids with potential to make the NHL roster this season makes the biggest impression in September. After all, this camp was all about educating the young'uns on what it takes to be a pro; how to train, how to eat, along with some specific elements of their game they need to work on.
So who will take best advantage of that advice over the next two months? They all seem to be good kids, but heck, I know I sure didn't do everything I was supposed to at that age to prepare myself for future success.
Guys like Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi, and Mattias Ekholm all have the chance to win a job on the Preds' blueline, and heck, there may be a spot up front for a Gabriel Bourque or Taylor Beck if they take that next step forward. It has to be a thrilling time for these young guys - they've worked so long to get their shot at the NHL, and they're just two months away from taking their chance to make a roster.
No pressure, boys. Have a fun summer.
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Nashville Predators News
First off, Pete Weber went on TSN Radio the other day to talk about the weekend's big moves:
Hockey Night in Nashville: Method to madness
Robby emphasizes that change is a good thing - last year's team was hardly perfect, so in order to take a step forward, some parts have to go.
Smashville 24/7: Budish overcoming second major knee injury
Hopefully Zach Budish is planning on using the bus to get around campus this fall.
Smashville 24/7: Conversation with Taylor Beck
Beck may be the Preds' best goal-scoring prospect, and his first full pro season will be worth following closely.
Three Minutes With (Preds prospects edition): Ryan Ellis… | Section 303
All eyes will be on the 2009 1st-rounder when camp opens this fall.
A Preds Blogger's Take on Franson - Pension Plan Puppets
Jeremy from Section 303 gave an assist to our comrades in Toronto.
What All Can Happen In 30 Days – Changes Are All Around | The Predatorial
Kris covers all the bases on the last month of activity, and sets expectations for his coverage going forward. It's a wise person who can set his priorities.
Summer Camp - CYCWORDS
Catch up with what the Cincinnati Cyclones (Nashville's ECHL affiliate) have been up to.
Poile remains patient, prudent in pursuit of free agents | Nashville City Paper
David Poile is certainly content to wait until the best possible time to make moves; so we may wait until just before the season starts before the final roster comes together (remember the Bouillon and SOB acquisitions).
Around the NHL
How much would you pay Drew Doughty if you were the Kings? - Puck Daddy
A look at what is surely one of the comparable negotiations to Shea Weber's.
What’s the future of front-loaded long-term contracts in NHL? - Puck Daddy
Reviewing what could be one of the more contentious areas of negotiation for the next CBA.
Trading the untradeable - The Globe and Mail
It's surprising how many seemingly untradeable players have been moved around recently.
New York Rangers Analysis: Why The Richards Deal Is A Good One - Blueshirt Banter
Rangers fans are digging their shiny new toy.
NHL Free Agent Busts - SI.com
This is one list that David "Mr. Patient" Poile has managed to avoid.
School of Block: Let Freedom Ring - The Goalie Guild
Mark Dekanich has a chance at being the NHL's most productive rookie goaltender next season.
The Icarus Problem Continues: The Florida Panthers and recent Free Agent Moves - Litter Box Cats
Are the Panthers attempting to short-cut their development process by signing all these players to long-term contracts?