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Rookie Tournament Day 1: Thoughts and Feelings

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(Photo by Jon Garcia)
(Photo by Jon Garcia)

Well folks, Day 1 of the Preds rookie tournament is in the books. We had an army of photographers on the ground here at the Ford Ice Center, so we'll have a super-duper picture gallery up here shortly, but here's a couple of the high points:

  • Lots of hockey fans made it out today! The arena was packed, not just for the Preds game, but for the Boston-Florida game earlier. Very impressive turnout!
  • The Preds won! Due to the weird, made-up rules of the tournament, we got a 2-1 final that was sorta kinda a 4-2 final in the shootout.
  • Filip Forsberg had a bit of an up and down game. Took a few penalties, but ended up with the game-winning (sort of, see above) goal.
  • Speaking of penalties, good grief there were a ton of them. Six for Nashville in the second period alone.
  • Kevin Fiala is crazy-fast. Had a breakaway that drew a penalty and another that he scored on.
  • We got a good look at #1 pick Aaron Ekblad...check out this quick video of him in action.
  • Jonathan Droiun is pretty spectacular as well. We'll keep an eye on him throughout the weekend.