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Saturday's Dump & Chase: The Chosen One

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A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away there was a prophecy of a forward that could bring balance to the Nashville Predators' forward lineup. A young forward who could play both ends of the ice and who could bring both scoring and playmaking ability to the third line. That forward would seem to be embodied in Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey. A few months from now Vesey will have the choice to choose the light (a.k.a. the Nashville Predators) or the dark side (a.k.a. free agency.) Let's hope he makes the right decision and sides with the light.

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The force is strong with this one.

Nashville News & Notes

Vesey’s hat trick lifts Harvard over St. Lawrence | USCHO
Sign him Mr. Poile!!!

Assistant Coaches Named For 2016 World Cup of Hockey
Nashville Predators' assistant coach Phil Housley was named as an assistant coach for team USA in this summers' World Cup of Hockey. This will be the sixth time he's coached a USA hockey team.

West Coast Bias: Oilers made big push for Seth Jones | Sportsnet
Multiple sources have confirmed to Sportsnet that Edmonton offered Nashville Ryan Nugent Hopkins for Seth Jones. This begs the question: which center would you rather have, Nugent-Hopkins or Johansen? Sportsnet polled multiple GMs and they voted Nugent-Hopkins 5-4.

Predators Acquire Stefan Elliott from Arizona | Nashville Predators
Spaghetti thrown at a wall... Will Seth's replacement be Granberg, Bitetto, Elliott, or none of the above?

That’s More Like It; Ads Shutout Rampage 3-0 | Admirals Roundtable
Speaking of prospects: a two point game from center Vladislav Kamenev and a shutout for goalie Marek Mazanec lifted the Admirals over the Rampage last night in a 3-0 win.

Predators' Ryan Johansen, James Neal quickly develop chemistry | The Tennessean
They played a heck of a game against Winnipeg, alongside Kevin Fiala. I'm really looking forward to seeing that group play against the Wild.

Predators rally but fall in OT to Jets | The Tennessean
It was nice to see the Preds come back from a 4-0 defecate to tie the game from a team-building standpoint but it's time for them to start winning and winning a lot.

Around the World of Hockey

NHL blows it, reportedly 'orchestrated' John Scott's All-Star exit  | Sporting News
Whether you approved John Scott accepting his bid to the All Star game or not, this is a bit of an underhanded reaction in relation to a non-important exhibition game; if this is truly the case (rumors via Bob MacKenzie.)

NHL All-Stars traded before All-Star weekend | ESPN
Well John Scott wasn't the only player to go through this situation...

Patrick Kane of Chicago Blackhawks leads race for Hart Trophy at midpoint of season | NHL
Like him or not, Patrick Kane has been a force for the Blackhawks this season.

12 Marquee Players Seeking Second-Half Turnarounds | NHL
How do you not include Pekka Rinne on this list?

Crosby-Ovechkin era in the NHL is dead: Cox | Toronto Star
Crosby and Ovechkin are still great players but the rivalry just doesn't seem to have the pop that it used to.

Who are the NHL's top Stanley Cup contenders at the halfway point? | CBS Sports
No Nashville? C'mon! (JK, JK)

NHL Begins Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training | ABC News
It's definitely nice to see the NHL start to take some action after what has gone on over the past couple of seasons.

NHL surprises, worst player, Stamkos guesses at 2015-16 midpoint | Yahoo
The Stamkos situation has been and will be interesting as the year goes on. At the same time, it would be nice to see a resolution to all this.

Central Scouting’s latest 2016 NHL draft rankings | Sports Illustrated
It would seem that the fast skating and puck moving right defensemen Dante Fabbro and Charlie McAvoy are the best options for the Predators right now; if we are basing this on team need.