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Nashville Predators Development Camp to open June 26

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The perfect elixir for the summer blahs comes next week, as the Nashville Predators will put their prospects (and selected invitees) through their paces at the 2012 Development Camp, to be held at Centennial Sportsplex from June 26-July 1.

Follow after the jump for the team's press release, and the complete roster of attendees!

The Nashville Predators will have many of their top prospects on hand, including several 2012 draftees, when they officially open their 2012 Development Camp on Tuesday, June 26 with fitness testing beginning at 7 a.m. at Centennial Sportsplex. Players will be available to the media after each on ice segment (see note below for breakdown) or by special request. The camp continues through Sunday, July 1 with four on-ice sessions coming Tuesday, June 26; Thursday, June 28; Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1.

The purpose of the camp is to educate and direct players in their pro development and conditioning programs, and the week's events will be presided over by the Predators coaching and hockey operations staff. The Nashville Predators and Milwaukee Admirals (AHL Affiliate) coaching staffs, will lead the scheduled training regimen, which includes a variety of dry-land activities and workouts, on-ice fundamentals work, off-ice testing and team-building activities. The players will also receive instruction on training principles such as sport-specific power and strength enhancement, flexibility and off-ice conditioning.

All of the Predators draft picks that are still property of the team - and did not spend the majority of the 2011-12 season at the NHL level (Ryan Ellis, Craig Smith and Gabriel Bourque) - will be in attendance, as well as many of the draftees from next weekend's 2012 Entry Draft.

All on-ice workouts at Centennial Sportsplex are open to the public. On-ice sessions are currently scheduled for:

TUESDAY, June 26 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, June 28 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, June 30 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, July 1 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday sessions will see three groups go for roughly 30-45 minutes with media to follow.

The preliminary roster of attending players and a development camp schedule are attached. Please note that players will be available for interviews after the events/activities take place; please contact the Nashville Predators Communications Department for more information on specific events/activities. Both the schedule and roster are subject to change.

FORWARDS Height Weight Shoots Place of Birth Birthdate 2011-12 Team
Pontus Aberg 5-11 189 R Stockholm, Sweden 9/23/93 Djurgarden (Sweden)/Djurgarden Jr. (Sweden Jr.)
Brent Andrews 6-1 201 L Hunter River, P.E.I. 1/19/93 Halifax (QMJHL)
Chase Balisy 5-11 170 L Fullerton, Calif. 2/2/92 Western Michigan (CCHA)
Daniel Bang 6-3 201 L Kista, Sweden 4/19/87 AIK IF (Sweden)
Taylor Beck 6-2 206 R St. Catharines, Ont. 5/13/91 Milwaukee (AHL)
Andre Bouvet-Morrissette^ 6-3 192 R Becancour, Que. 7/27/91 Drummondville (QMJHL)
Zach Budish 6-3 221 R Edina, Minn. 5/9/91 U. of Minnesota (WCHA)
Patrick Cehlin 5-11 170 R Huddinge, Sweden 7/27/91 Djurgarden (Sweden)
Max Gortz 6-2 196 R Hoor, Sweden 1/28/93 Farjestad Jr. (Sweden Jr.)/Farjestad (Sweden)
Kellan Lain* 6-6 210 L Oakville, Ont. 8/11/89 Lake Superior State (CCHA)
Michael Latta 6-0 213 R Kitchener, Ont. 5/25/91 Milwaukee (AHL)
Brendan Leipsic 5-9 165 L Winnipeg, Man. 5/19/94 Portland (WHL)
Jack Maclellan 5-11 175 L Calgary, Alta. 6/5/88 Brown U. (ECAC)
Nick Oliver 6-1 194 L Grand Forks, N.D. 5/4/91 St. Cloud State (WCHA)
Juuso Puustinen 6-2 195 R Kuopio, Finland 4/5/88 Milwaukee (AHL)
Cameron Reid 6-2 198 L Delta, B.C. 8/25/91 St. Cloud State (WCHA)/Portland (WHL)
Miikka Salomaki 5-11 198 L Raahe, Finland 3/9/93 Karpat (Finland)
Josh Shalla 6-1 199 L Whitby, Ont. 9/25/91 Saginaw (OHL)
Colton Sissons 6-0 187 R North Vancouver, B.C. 11/5/93 Kelowna (WHL)
Zach Stepan 5-11 165 L Fairbault, Minn. 1/6/94 Shattuck St. Mary's (HS-Minn.)
Jimmy Vesey 6-1 194 L North Reading, Mass. 5/26/93 South Shore (EJHL)
Austin Watson 6-3 193 R Ann Arbor, Mich. 1/13/92 Peterborough (OHL)/London (OHL)
DEFENSE Height Weight Shoots Place of Birth Birthdate 2011-12 Team
Taylor Aronson 6-1 194 R Placentia, Calif. 12/30/91 Milwaukee (AHL)/Cincinnati (ECHL)
Victor Bartley 6-0 200 L Maple Ridge, B.C. 2/17/88 Milwaukee (AHL)
Anthony Bitetto 6-1 210 L Island Park, N.Y. 7/15/90 Northeastern (H-East)/Milwaukee (AHL)
Mattias Ekholm 6-4 199 L Borlange, Sweden 5/24/90 Brynas (Sweden)/Nashville (NHL)
Simon Fernholm 6-4 187 L Stockholm, Sweden 3/6/94 Huddinge Jr. (Sweden Jr.)/Huddinge U-18 (Sweden-U18)
Joonas Jarvinen 6-3 220 L Turku, Finland 1/5/89 Lahti (Finland)
Simon Karlsson 6-2 178 R Karlskrona, Sweden 7/23/93 Malmo Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)/Malmo (Sweden)
Garrett Noonan 6-0 205 L Norfolk, Mass. 1/28/91 Boston Univ. (H-East)
Charles-Olivier Roussel 6-1 197 R St. Eustache, Que. 9/13/91 Saint John (QMJHL)
Mikko Vainonen 6-2 222 L Helsinki, Finland 4/11/94 HIFK Jr. (Finland Jr.)/HIFK (Finland)/
HIFK U-18 (Finland-U18)
Scott Valentine 6-1 211 L Metcalfe, Ont. 5/2/91 Milwaukee (AHL)
GOALTENDER Height Weight Catches Place of Birth Birthdate
Magnus Hellberg 6-5 185 L Uppsala, Sweden 4/4/91 Frolunda (Sweden)/Frolunda Jr. (Sweden Jr.)/
Marek Mazanec 6-4 187 R Pisek, Czech Rep. 7/18/91 Plzen (Czech Rep.)/Klatovy (Czech Rep.-3)/
Zoltan Hetenyi* 6-2 190 L Budapest, Hungary 2/18/88 Jokerit (Finland/Kiekko-Vantaa (Finland-2
* - Denotes free agent Invite ^ - Denotes under AHL contract with Milwaukee (AHL)