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.
Charles-Olivier Roussel, Defense - #54
Born: September 13, 1991 From: St. Eustache, Que.
Height: 6-1 Weight: 201 Shoots: R
2010-2011 Team: Montreal (QMJHL)
Stats: 59GP, 5G + 25A = 30 Pts, 46 PIM
Drafted: 2009 2nd round (42) by Nashville
Follow after the jump for some background!
What you need to know:
A 2nd round pick in 2009, Roussel has been one of the youngest players at both prospect camps he's attended thus far. After starring for 3 season with Shawingan (QMJHL) at both ends of the rink, Roussel was traded to his hometown Montreal Juniors (QMJHL) last season where he struggled at the start of the year and eventually settled into a more defensive role with the Juniors seeing his point total drop from 51 to 30 points last season. After Montreal was eliminated from the QMJHL playoffs, Roussel joined Milwaukee where he practiced with the team, but did not play.
Roussel's playing style was compared to Shea Weber and Dion Phaneuf when he was drafted, however his role changed last season in Montreal and he will have to re-establish himself this year as he begins his pro career.
Arbitrary nickname we'll give him even though he'd probably hate it
"COCO Beware" - The COCO comes from his initials, and the Beware is both a warning to opposing forwards who keep their heads down, and a nod to the pro wrestler who had his heyday in the 80's and 90's:
Here's a shot of Roussel taking the opportunity to dish out a big hit (he's #17 in dark), then defending himself when an opponent jumps him:
What's at stake
As he's ready to begin his pro career, Roussel faces some pretty stiff competition on the Predators' depth chart. However, he may be able to separate himself from the rest of the pack with his physical play, as opposed to the rest who are more dynamic offensive forces. While you don't like to see any prospect's numbers take such a step back from year to year, this may represent a chance for Roussel to take his game in a slightly different direction in order to succeed at the next level.