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Scott Valentine: Nashville Predators Rookie Camp Preview

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.

Scott Valentine, Defense - #83

Born: May 2, 1991 From: Ottawa, Ont.

Height: 6-2 Weight: 201 Shoots: L

2010-2011 Team: Oshawa (OHL)

Stats: 62 GP, 4G + 32A = 36 Pts, 106 PIM

Drafted: 2009 6th round (166) by Anaheim

Follow after the jump for some background!

Scouting Report

After not signing a contract with the Ducks by June 1 of this year, Valentine became a free agent, and attended Development Camp with the Preds back in July. His offensive numbers roughly doubled in Oshawa compared to his previous season, and his Plus/Minus swung from -31 to +17, so he's hoping to build on that momentum and catch on with the Preds.

Arbitrary nickname we'll give him even though he'd probably hate it

"Cupid" - it slyly fits a player with a pretty nasty physical game. Check out how he steps up to nail an opponent who is engaged with a backchecker, then handles another guy who comes up to challenge him afterward:

What's at stake

Valentine is a guy who has the opportunity to earn a pro contract, but appears more likely (see Seth's comment below, and Valentine's Twitter stream) to return to Oshawa for one more year. As a late-bloomer in junior hockey, he'd like to keep rolling and earn a spot in Milwaukee, but with the competition around him on defense he's going to have to really stand out to bypass others on the depth chart.