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Wednesday afternoon notes: Junior Preds earn a major victory

Our afternoon hockey notes start off with outstanding news for the Nashville Predators' roster situation in about 15 more years. A team of youngsters from Middle Tennessee went up to Canada and did us all proud...

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Nashville Predators News

Local Youth Hockey Players Take Home Top Honors In Canada - Nashville Predators - News
Cool news here as the Jr. Preds Mite Major team won a tournament up in Ontario! Nashville and New Jersey | Hockey Independent
David muses over a possible deal with the Devils.

Unsung Hillen settling in on Predators' blue line -
A profile of how the former Islander has landed in Nashville and found steady work.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL Players Poll: Most Overrated -
Here's a fun little photo gallery to kill some time with.

Scouting director goes inside midterm rankings -
The NHL Entry Draft is 5 months away, and the midterm prospect rankings from NHL Central Scouting have just been released.

Bouchard talks about his latest concussion; Seto apologizes; Harding sick - Russo's Rants
Pierre-Marc Bouchard learns the hard way that even the best hockey helmet can't prevent concussions.

Nicklas Backstrom placed on IR; Mike Green doesn’t skate - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
The Capitals will be without a couple key players against Pittsburgh tonight, a team which is even more shorthanded.

Poll: Should Raymond's goal have counted? -Lightning Strikes | Tampa Bay Times
Considering how quick they are to rule off goals in regulation at the slightest hint of a kick, I really don't like the way spinoramas are allowed in the shootout.

What "we" means for pro sports teams, fans and media - Backhand Shelf
With the line between media and fan blogger becoming increasingly blurred, this question gets even more interesting.

On a Gay Hockey Blog, Posts About the Meaning of the Game -
An anonymous high school player is sharing his experience inside the proverbial closet.

Minnesota's puck possession problem -
When you look at the table included in this post, keep in mind that the Preds would come in around -3.7 right now.

Gary Thorne To Be PBA Tour's Next Play-By-Play Announcer - Awful Announcing
Maybe this is all just a joke, and it'll turn out like this...