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Saturday's Dump & Chase: Decision Time

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First of all, congratulations is in order for Jimmy Vesey, who had a great college hockey career. He, along with a few other really good teammates, took the Harvard hockey program and completely turned it around. Now it's decision time for the dynamite forward whose coach (former NHLer Ted Donato) believes to be a future 30 goal scorer in the NHL. While he's taking his time to hammer out a decision and take in his final moments as a Harvard hockey player, respect that this weekend belongs to the Harvard hockey team of 2015-2016 and not to the Predators. Unless you are tweeting at him a congratulatory message about his college hockey career or Walter Brown Award, it's probably just not a good idea to tweet at him at all.

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Predators News & Notes

Vesey Receives Second-Straight Walter Brown Award | Harvard
Jimmy Vesey was called possibly the best college player in America by Harvard Alumn Alex Killorn last night. With two straight Walter Brown Awards (given to New England's best college hockey player) and (probably) two straight times in the top three for the Hobey Baker, it's hard to argue against him.

Johansen, Jones in Pivotal Roles as Former Teams Collide Teams as Reunion Occurs | Nashville Predators
This is a story I had to see play out in person...

Ryan Johansen Q&A | BlueJackets Xtra
All you need to know from this interview: "AP: Hot Chicken in Nashville. Big deal or so what? RJ: It’s a big deal, and I like it. Just had it the other day for the first time. I went mild."

Seth Jones blooming in larger role with Blue Jackets | The Tennessean
It's nice to see Seth Jones taking the trade in stride and actually thriving in Columbus. He was really tight with a lot of the players and stayed in town during the summers so the trade was probably a really sad situation at the time.

Around the World of Hockey

NCAA hockey referee dies from injuries sustained in fall | Yahoo Sports
Last Friday, Mousseau (not wearing a helmet) fell during warm-ups and hit his head on the ice. He died yesterday due to the head injuries he sustained. In Mousseau's memory, the NHL needs to learn from this and keep players from taking warmups helmet-less.

Inside Alex Galchenyuk's growth as a center | ESPN
Craig Custance explores how Alex Galchenyuk has improved as a center this season. He also talks about how if Vesey wanted to take the pressure off of himself and his team he could have just come out and said he was going to sign with the Predators. This is a stance I happen to agree with.

West Coast Bias: Which Finn will be picked No. 2? | Sportsnet.ca
Which would you rather have second overall: Laine, the powerful and extremely potent sniper, or Puljujarvi, the two-way offensive threat?

John Scott remains a major sensation while playing in minors | Yahoo Sports
John Scott on Nashville: ''As soon as I got there, everybody was super friendly. I walk down the street and it's, 'Hey, John. Congrats. Hey, we'll meet you for a beer later.' It's so fun. I love that city.'' We love you too, John!

Are any of the NHL's trade deadline deals making an impact? | CBS Sports
Eric Staal has 1 goal and 2 assists in 12 games for the New York Rangers. It's still early but so far it's looking like a good thing the Predators didn't have to resort to trading for him.

Dreger Report: Puck-tracking technology to the rescue? | TSN
Puck tracking has been in the works for months in the NHL. The Boston Bruins situation illustrates perfectly why this technology is so important to create.

Former NHL goalie finds his long-ago stolen mask on eBay | FOX Sports
Pretty funny story. Mathieu Garon had his mask stolen when he played for the L.A. Kings from 2005-2007 and now it's up on eBay.

Ducks' Josh Manson fined by NHL for gesture at Nazem Kadri | ESPN
There is a lot of trash talk that goes on in hockey but the throat-slashing gesture crosses the line.