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Saturday's Dump & Chase: Let The World Juniors...Begin!!!

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Greetings from Park City! Christmas may be over but hockey fans across the world are getting a late present in the form of MEANINGFUL International competition on an ice hockey rink. It all started off today with the Czech Republic taking on Russia and their captain, Nashville Predators prospect Vladislav Kamenev.

Vladislav Kamenev will be the Predators lone representative in the World Junior Championships.
Vladislav Kamenev will be the Predators lone representative in the World Junior Championships.
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The Nashville Predators News & Notes

Predators Prospect Vladislav Kamenev to Captain Russia at WJC | The Hockey Writers
Kamenev will be Predators' lone representative at the World Junior Championships and will be playing a major role on Valeri Bragin's Russian squad as the captain and top line center. He will also be on their top power-play and penalty-kill units.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Happy Holiday's 2015 | Nashville Predators
A little late but enjoy the well wishes from the Nashville Predators' players.

Nashville's Christmas wish list | The Predatorial
While Jagr's wishing for his two front teeth we're all wishing for...

Ramblings: Should the Predators trade Shea Weber? | ESPN
This would be a move for the summer but a Shea Weber trade for a number one center would be what's best long-term for this club, as opposed to trading Seth Jones.

Carter Hutton: Silencing His Critics in Nashville | Today's Slap Shot
Maybe in Nashville in general, but not here on OTF.

World Junior Championships Preview

2016 WJC Preview: Mix of good goaltending and forward depth could be medal recipe for Russia | Hockey's Future
Nashville Predators' fans might be changing allegiances temporarily...

2016 WJC Preview: Team Switzerland has a tough road to hoe in Group A | Hockey's Future
ICYMI Kevin Fiala will be staying in Milwaukee during the World Juniors and by personal choice, according to Corey Pronman. That says a lot about Fiala and his commitment to making the Predators' roster that he would miss out on representing his country to do so. Hopefully it doesn't turn out like the first time he sacrificed something to make the Preds' roster...

2016 WJC Preview: Team USA seeks first medal in three years | Hockey's Future
USA! USA! USA! Auston Matthews will attempt to lead team USA to its first medal since Seth Jones and Jimmy Vesey killed it in Russia and won the gold.

2016 WJC Preview: Many questions to answer for defending champion Canada | Hockey's Future
Canada might be lacking Connor McDavid but returnees Dylan Stome and Mitch Marner followed by an always deep Canada squad makes them a favorite to win gold and retain their title.

2016 WJC Preview: Team Sweden looking to spoil the party in Helsinki | Hockey's Future
It's hard not to root for a team Sweden with brothers William (Toronto, 2014) and Alexander (2016 draft eligible) Nylander on the top line.

2016 WJC Preview: Host Finland figures to be among the medal favorites | Hockey's Future
Top 2016 draft prospect Jesse Puljujarvi, along with former first round picks Mikko Rantanen (Colorado, 2015) and Kasperi Kapanen (Pittsburgh, traded to Toronto, 2014,) make Finland a very scary offensively-loaded team.

2016 WJC Preview: Survival the key for Team Slovakia after unexpected bronze last winter | Hockey's Future
Who can forget goalie Denis Godla stealing the show in the bronze medal game and winning the award for top goaltender?

2016 WJC Preview: Team Belarus hoping to avoid one-and-done scenario in return to top junior level | Hockey's Future
With much of the team that got them to this point gone, it could be difficult for Belarus to avoid relegation.

2016 WJC Team Czech Republic Preview | Hockey Writers
Top prospect from 2015, Pavel Zacha, will attempt to lead the Czech Republic to a medal.

Matthews tops deep field of '16 draft hopefulls at WJC | NHL
I'd love to see Matthews make a triumphant return to Arizona but as long as he doesn't get drafted by Toronto or Edmonton I'll be happy.

Around the World of Hockey

Fifteen top moments from 2015, from Classic to Cup | NHL
I'm still salty the Predators couldn't prevent what occurred on June 15 from happening

Year in Review: 15 stats that helped define 2015 | NHL.com
If you're into numbers this is for you. Mike Ribeiro's 77.9 % offensive zone starts made the list.

PK Subban turns children's hospital into winter wonderland (Video) | Yahoo Sports
Subban does it again. What a great ambassador for hockey.

Texts show NHL star Thomas Vanek wanted bookie to keep him anonymous | Democrat and Chronicle
Thomas, Thomas, Thomas...

Practical Concerns: Can accuracy be coached? | Hockey Graphs
If so, where can we sign up the Predators' offense?

Hockey needs more Americanization, Las Vegas will help | Sin Bin
There's nothing more American than a city founded on crime, gambling, etc...