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Friday's Dump & Chase: Gearing Up

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Fourteen days until the draft, and everybody is whipping up their mock drafts and prospect profiles and pretending they spend more than three weeks out of the year caring about junior hockey. (With exceptions like our own Bryant, of course.) I plan on memorizing French Canadian names in an attempt to sound smart.

Auston Matthews contemplates his fate
Auston Matthews contemplates his fate
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Nashville News & Notes

2016 NHL Draft: Nashville Predators Team Needs - On the Forecheck
Bryant gives a rundown for what the Preds should target this draft.

Predators Foundation readies for craft beer festival | The Tennessean
Beer for a good cause! The only thing more Nashville than that it complaining about the tourists here for the music festivals.

Video: Fisher, Laviolette Walk the Red Carpet at the CMT Awards - Nashville Predators
The Laviolettes and Fisherwoods look great. Whatever is growing on Stu's face, less so

Camrose’s Kirkland one step closer to NHL dreams | Camrose Canadian
He seems to have a great attitude.

Around Hockey

Sharks escape with win against Penguins, force Game 6 of Stanley Cup Final | USA Today
Hockey doesn't make any sense.

Pens have ‘great opportunity’ to hoist Cup at home, but history says it won’t be easy – ProHockeyTalk
Feeling pretty good about Sharks in 7.

Pittsburgh Jinxes the Penguins, Rounds Up Couches So Hockey Fans Can't Burn Them | Deadspin
Hmmm.

Stanley Cup Final: Tickets to Sharks-Penguins Game 5 start at $1,100 - CBSSports.com
Tickets to game three of the Rangers-Kings series went for $15000.00 on the glass. Does Pittsburgh not love hockey? My column:

Local MLB TV Ratings Crush Stanley Cup Finals Game 4 On NBC, A Sign Of Regionalization - Forbes
I'm absolutely shocked that ratings for America's past time beat out games for a niche sports from other regional markets.

Sidney Crosby exhibit in Halifax too popular to close | CBCSports
Not sure what else there is to do in Halifax, so...

Meldonium question hangs over NHL draft prospect Rubtsov - Sportsnet.ca
I don't think it will affect their draft stock any more than the usual "Russian factor".

Jordan Hart pleads guilty to charge in Derek Boogaard case | ESPN
Unfortunately, this one misdemeanor conviction is just the tip of the iceberg in relation to this player's death and others like his.

Oilers' McDavid impressed by Matthews | NHL.com
He also talks about needing to cheat better.

Sweden sets NHL record | IIHF
#Tennessweden, doing our part.