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Practice, practice, lessons, practice, teamwork, skating, practice.

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Nashville Predators News

“Not the passenger”: Preds prospect Patrick Harper on heading to the next level - On the Forecheck
Shaun’s piece on Patrick Harper is a great read for your Wednesday morning.

This sentence in particular tells me that Harper is an excellent youngster: “Long periods of time can make it easy to deter from the process or fall into ruts, so I made a conscious effort to wake up determined and fall asleep grateful.”

Around the (New) Central

Hamilton wants to stay with Hurricanes
Dougie Hamilton would be “the one that got away” if Carolina traded him.

Kane says Blackhawks in ‘exciting time’ after injuries, departures
The Hawks will always be hated, but they’ve got a tough season ahead of them without Toews (hopefully temporarily) and Dach.

Can the Dubois-Blue Jackets Situation be Salvaged? - The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
PLD seems to be a bit “done” with Columbus. What will the next season bring for the young center?

Getting to Know the New Central: Detroit Red Wings - Winging It In Motown
JJ previews the Red Wings in the new-look Central Division.

Seravalli: Game-changer Patrik Laine focuses on new season with Jets - TSN.ca
Patrik Laine will be looking to put up some solid numbers in case he can become a free agent in the offseason.

Who Will The Stars Be This Year? - Defending Big D
Our friend Taylor from Defending Big D takes a close look at the identity of the Dallas Stars.

2021 Blue Jackets Training Camp Battles: Forwards - The Cannon
Our pals at The Cannon take a deep dive into Columbus’s forward group. Don’t doubt Cam Atkinson, Max Domi, and Oliver Bjorkstrand.

Five questions facing the Hurricanes in the 2021 season - Canes Country
The Canes have a few unanswered questions as the 2021 season draws nearer. Our fellow SBNation folks at Canes Country take a look.

What the Tampa Bay Lightning roster will look like in 2021 - Raw Charge
Continuing some research into the new Central Division for 2021, our friends at Raw Charge try to predict the Lightning’s roster for the season.

Getting to Know the New Central: Florida Panthers - Litter Box Cats
Todd from Litter Box Cats gives us a breakdown of the Florida Panthers.

Around the League

Botterill hired as Kraken assistant general manager
Jason Botterill, most recently with Buffalo, has been hired as an assistant GM for the Kraken.

Training Camp Buzz: Chara practices with Capitals
Here's some training camp news from around the League. It's pretty weird seeing Zdeno Chara in Caps gear.

MacKinnon says expectation for Avalanche to win Stanley Cup
In a tougher Western conference, does Colorado have what it takes?

NHL announces four sponsors for new re-aligned divisions
In a revenue-driven league, these renamed divisions aren't exactly a surprise.

31 Thoughts: Why 2020–21 NHL season is a step into the unknown
I found it interesting that Dallas went after Erik Haula. Elliotte Friedman's 31 Thoughts is back as we creep closer to the season.

Jets' Scheifele embracing chance to shine in Canadian division spotlight
I'm kinda glad the Jets are in the Canadian division, but I will miss the salt and animosity these games typically provide us.

Have a great Wednesday, folks. Stay healthy.