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The final game of the Prospect Showcase is this afternoon. That can only mean that camp is around the corner, as are preseason games. Finally!

NHL Prospects Tournament Tampa Bay Lightning v Nashville Predators Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images

Smashville News:

2018-2019 Nashville Predators Player Reviews: Rem Pitlick | On the Forecheck
"One of the NCAA’s best in 2018-19 had a quiet NHL debut." We barely saw Rem Pitlick last year. Based on the Prospect Showcase thus far, that could change this year.

Preds Prospects Showcase Review: Eeli Tolvanen Not The Biggest Story | On the Forecheck
"The former first-round pick launched a rocket to win Sunday’s game, but several teammates displayed better, more complete efforts." While I thought his overall game was good on Saturday, Eeli Tolvanen had his struggles on Sunday.

Eeli Tolvanen making his case for Preds' starting job in Prospect Showcase | A to Z Sports
While Alex doesn't address Eeli Tolvanen's complete game (other than scoring), he offers a look at other factors that may impact where our prospect starts the year.

Read the post. I don’t know why but this just cracked me up. Maybe it’s the ears or the expression on Smash’s face, but hahahahaha.

Central Division News:

Stars knew they had to 'get better' this season, GM says | NHL.com
It appears my mind has blocked Joe Pavelski's move to the Dallas Stars. It just doesn't stick. The comments about needing size and strength in the playoffs have started all my April/May fears up again.

Three biggest questions facing the Winnipeg Jets entering training camp | Sportsnet.ca
I don't care how good he is. I want no part of Patrik Laine. Just don't care for him. The real question I have is who has the D to trade and help the back end in Winnipeg. How about....LA! Or New Jersey! If they can't pay Patrik Laine how will they afford top defense talent?

Leipold uses yacht to send supplies to Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian | NHL.com
First let me say in all seriousness, this was an incredible effort by Craig Leipold and his staff. Getting people and supplies to the Abaco Islands so quickly was important.

I just can't unsee that his mega-luxury yacht is named "Loon". Let’s just leave it at that.

Other Hockey News:

P.K. Subban ready to answer critics after trade to Devils | Sportsnet.ca
Probably one of our last looks at P.K. Subban in gold, so drink it in. The classy way he can say he's excited about the new phase while praising the last always impresses me. And the mystery of what his injury was last year is solved. Amazing he could play through that.

John Tavares breaks down Maple Leafs’ captain candidates | Sportsnet.ca
Please. Don't we all know the man for the job is JT?

Werenski signs three-year contract with Blue Jackets | NHL.com
One down, eighty-seven to go! Zach Werenski signed a bridge deal of 3 years and $15M. I saw speculation on Twitter that it was 4, 4, 7. Maybe now John Tortorella can calm down a bit. Yeah, right.

Alex Ovechkin left practice with a painful injury, but came back as if ‘nothing happened’ | RMNB
This was the Twitter frenzy for a while yesterday afternoon. Seems like Alex Ovechkin is okay though—and as always, very quotable.

#NHLTopPlayers: Nos. 40-31 | NHL.com
Well, we at least have Roman Josi in at number 38. Don't hold your breath to see another Nashville Predator on this list.

Tragic yet hilarious documentary 'Red Penguins' must be seen to be believed | TheHockeyNews
Today's long read. I can't believe this really happened! I want to see this movie.