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Wednesday's notes: Preds rookie camp concludes today

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The Nashville Predators Rookie Camp wraps up today with one last practice from 1:00-3:00 at Centennial Sportsplex. The kids are sticking around town, however, as full training camp opens up on Friday, with 55 players taking the ice.

For now, follow after the jump for your morning news, which, as can be expected, features a lot of chatter about Craig Smith...

Nashville Predators News

Preds Rookies Win Again; Smith Scores Two More | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan throws open the discussion - will Craig Smith make the Preds on Opening Night?

Inside Smashville " Is Craig Smith ready for pro hockey? He thinks so.
You've got to like the guy's confidence. The road ahead gets a lot tougher, though.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Chatting with Craig Smith
Robby caught up with the man of the moment.

Preds On The Glass: POTG Hump Day Highlights, News and Links: Craig Smith for Mayor of Smashville?
Buddy senses the growing buzz around Mr. Smith.

Coming Down the Pipe!: Rookie Watch: Nashville Predators
Here you can get an outsider's view of some of the young Preds.

Smashville 24/7: Conversation with Jonathon Blum
I think we have a new leader on the Preds in terms of Twitter usage.

Is Ryan Ellis Ready for the NHL? |
Like a pro, he saves the money shot for the end.

PredGold: Notes on Early-Season Schedule
John looks at an early 10-game stretch against playoff teams from last season as a critical benchmark for the Preds.

Nashville Predators rookies emerge as viable replacements - The Tennessean
David Poile's youth movement appears in full swing.

Meanwhile, here are the video highlights from yesterday's win over the Florida rookies:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

An Open Letter to Kyle Turris and His Agent Kurt Overhardt - Five For Howling
It's strange to see some of the guys still waiting on new contracts.

Isles News: A John Tavares Contract Would Give Toronto Columnists Nothing to Troll About - Lighthouse Hockey
Islanders fans are getting excited about news that their young star is about to sign a long-term deal.

Report: Tyler Myers Close To Multi Year Extension - Die By The Blade
Man, Buffalo, too? When are our guys gonna sign?

New group interested in buying Blues, source says -
When are they just going to offer a Blue Light Special? That'll get it done...

Can you win with the worst offense in the league? - Arctic Ice Hockey
Words to the wise.

Leafs prospect pipeline appears headed in right direction - The Globe and Mail
It's good to see a team pull itself up by the bootstraps, despite all the odds in the world stacked against them. Wait a minute...

Some more thoughts on Rookie Camp - Mile High Hockey
A peek at what's going on in Colorado these days.

Flyers drop hammer on player tweets during ‘business hours’ - Puck Daddy

Khabibulin: "I learned my lesson’ - Edmonton Journal
Now you can call him "the ex-con goalie".