Nashville Predators Rookie Camp begins on September 10th, so to help you get ready we'll walk our way through the prospects, from youngest to oldest.
Jeffrey Foss, Defense - #53
Born: December 12, 1988 From: Fargo, N.D.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 205 Shoots: Right
2010-2011 Team: R.P.I. (ECAC)/Milwaukee (AHL)
Stats: 38GP, 3G + 11A = 14 Pts, 48 PIM
Drafted: 2008 6th round (166) by Nashille
Follow after the jump for some background!
Here's an excerpt from Hockey's Future:
Foss is a mobile, two-way defenseman with size and excellent skating ability. He plays a simple yet intelligent defensive game and his decision-making is also very good. He uses his size and long reach quite effectively, whether it is making good outlet passes or defending one-on-one. While Foss is not a particularly physical rearguard, he will play the body when necessary.
On the offensive side, Foss can be found jumping into the play often. He transitions quite well and is very poised with the puck.
One attribute that made Foss so effective at RPI this season was his stick work. He did an excellent job of taking away passing/shooting lanes. While he was also did a nice of job tying up opposing players' sticks, it is an area that should continue to progress in as his collegiate career moves along. As Foss develops more physical strength, he'll become a more effective defenseman both at the collegiate and pro levels.
Arbitrary nickname we'll give him even though he'd probably hate it
"Mental Foss" - this can go in so many directions. He could go with "Mental" as an intimidating physical presence, but the nickname is also a nod to MentalFloss.com, and the fact that Foss is pretty darned educated for a professional hockey player.
I'm out of luck here - I found an RPI TV channel on YouTube, but nothing specifically on Foss. There are lots of game highlights, however, so feel free to surf through over there and keep an eye out for #7.
What's at stake
Foss has been signed to an AHL contract for the upcoming season, and will look to begin his pro career as a depth defender for the Admirals. If the whole hockey thing doesn't work out, though, he's already earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from RPI (be sure to read Jim Diamond's great profile piece from earlier this summer).