Young Predators on the rise: Thursday's notes

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 02: Kris Draper #33 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against Jonathon Blum #7 of the Nashville Predators on April 2, 2011 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators' plan for success in 2012-2013 rests largely on improvement from a number of young players entering their second, third, or fourth NHL campaigns. This is the kind of development which flies under the radar as other teams make splashy free agent acquisitions, and our morning hockey notes begin with a pair of stories which look at individuals who are gearing up for what we all hope is an 82-game season...

Best of Nashville 2012 - The Nashville Scene

This year they have a reader poll for "Best Sports Blog". Can you help us defend our title from 2011?

Nashville Predators News

Hockey Night in Nashville: Smith no longer 'wandering around in the dark' at NHL level
Robby spoke with yesterday's birthday boy about the challenges heading into his second season.

Smashville 24/7 - Determined to recapture NHL spot, Blum has ‘a lot to prove’
Can Jonathon Blum fulfill his potential as a first-round draft pick? At least he's doing the right things this summer to give it his best shot.

Episode 6: Penalty Box Radio 09/05 by PuckScene PuckCast | Blog Talk Radio
Conspiracy theorists will long debate what happened during the Lost 5 Minutes at the end...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL's Bill Daly questions players' urgency in labor talks - latimes.com
It doesn't sound like much will happen this week, but next week, big internal meetings for both sides in New York could provide a signal as to how entrenched they are.

Daily Debate: Ready to rumble, CBA-style - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
A trio of writers banter about the state of the talks.

Dirty Dangle Hockey: Everybody Hates Gary
How do fans dislike the Commish? Let Dirty Dangle count the ways.

Recess is over. NHL and NHLPA talks resume behind the scenes, reports Peter Adler | Edmonton Journal
Forget Fehr & Bettman, I just want to see Peter Adler (for the owners) and Larry Brooks (for the players) duke it out to decide upon a new CBA.

Panel hits ‘culture of sexual entitlement’ at BU hockey - BostonHerald.com
A new report raises serious concerns about the culture of the hockey program at Boston University, of which current Preds Brandon Yip & Colin Wilson are alumni.

Canadian Summit Series hero Phil Esposito is beloved in Russia, and he loves them back | Puck Daddy
Espo is the talk of the town as the gang from '72 is celebrated.

The Complex Dynamics of Premium Seating Demand | The Business of Sports
While the discussion here relates to football, it raises some of the issues which are likely being addressed by the new "501 Club" at Bridgestone Arena.

Who is King of Hockey’s Twittersphere in 2012? Bob McKenzie, of course. | Edmonton Journal
Uncle Bob rules the roost, but the Tennessean's Josh Cooper made the list of fastest-growing Twitter accounts in hockey.

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