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.
Robert Slaney, Left Wing - #67
Born: October 13, 1988 From: Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland
Height: 6-2 Weight: 203 Shoots: Left
2010-2011 Team: Reading (ECHL)/Toronto (AHL)
Stats: 61 GP, 7G + 17A = 24 Pts, 34 PIM (Reading)
Follow after the jump for some background!
Slaney is a bit of a project as a winger; after putting up good numbers in the QMJHL as a junior, he's struggled to produce at anything like that level in his first two years of pro hockey, split between the AHL's Toronto Marlies and the Reading Royals of the ECHL (in his final year of junior he scored 36 goals; in the two seasons since, he's potted just 8). Hockey's Future describes his style of play:
A character forward with good size, Slaney displays strong puck possession skills. His big body is able to shield the puck efficiently and open up space for teammates. He leads by example with a strong work ethic and is a team player.
Arbitrary nickname we'll give him even though he'd probably hate it
Newfie? Slats? This is a tough one, since we hardly know the guy...
What's at stake
Slaney represents the only tangible piece left over from the Matthew Lombardi & Cody Franson trade, after Brett Lebda was bought out of his contract earlier this summer. Since he spent most of last season in the ECHL, it's an open question as to whether he can earn a full-time job with the Admirals, so look for Slaney to come in and compete right from the start.