Nashville Predators News & Notes
First off, according to The Athletic’s Adam Vingan, the Predators’ opening night roster is set. And yes, that thing you wanted to happen happened.
I’ll have a more in depth breakdown coming later today, but the short-form reaction is I like this roster to start. I don’t think there’s really anyone in that mix (yes, ANYONE) that looked wildly out of place during the preseason games. Philip Tomasino, of course, is the headliner here. Which leads us to....
Is this Preds prospect Philip Tomasino’s year? | On the Forecheck
As Shaun notes, the "competitive rebuild" David Poile has touted is a strong sign that players like Tomasino and Glass may get a longer leash than some past prospects at the start of the season. If things go haywire and Tomasino looks like he REALLY needs more seasoning, he's waiver-exempt, so no harm in letting him spend some games in the minors here and there.
The Preds losing Rem Pitlick is an organizational problem | On the Forecheck
This is a very well thought-out, well-written piece by Jeff. That being said, I'm not as "fire and brimstone" over this as others. For starters, Rem Pitlick was a fun player to watch while he was up here, but it's not like they let a future #1 center fall through the cracks. The dude had 2 points in 11 career games spread across three seasons. Could he have developed into a decent 3rd/4th-line guy in a couple of years? Of course. But that also leads me to another question: Who among the current group of forwards would you cut in favor of Pitlick? I would argue every guy who made the opening night roster A.) has earned their spot, B.) had a stronger camp/preseason than Pitlick, and C.) had more impactful NHL experience (except for Philip Tomasino... but be honest, if Tomasino got sent to Milwaukee, the pitchforks and torches would have come out anyway).
Nichol's Promotion to Assistant GM Perfect Fit as Preds Career Continues | NHL.com
Nichol's done a fantastic job of developing some diamonds in the rough the past handful of seasons. Certainly a well-earned promotion.
A magic Monday for Jack Matier of the 67's | Ottawa Sun
Matier, the Preds' 2021 4th-round pick, started the day by signing a three-year ELC with Nashville. Two minutes after the Preds' PR team announced the news, Matier scored his first career OHL goal. Over the next two hours, he added another goal and three assists. Overall, not a bad day.
It was also a solid night for another Preds prospect, Luke Evangelista. The 2020 2nd-rounder had two goals in London’s 4-3 win over Windsor.
By the end of the night, the Preds had two prospects on the OHL’s “stars of the night” list.
#OHLThreeStars ⭐️⭐️⭐️— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) October 11, 2021
Freshly-signed @PredsNHL prospect Jack Matier led @Ottawa67sHockey with a five-point performance, @NHLFlames draft pick Jack Beck continued his hot streak and Luke Evangelista put forth a pair in a thrilling @LondonKnights win. pic.twitter.com/xPgTqkoQRt
Other Hockey Happenings
Cooper signs three-year contract extension to remain Lightning coach | NHL.com
Per Pierre LeBrun, the new deal is believed to put Cooper at or the near the top of the league's highest-paid coaches, which.... yeah, he absolutely should be.
Kraken officially announce their captains! | Davy Jones Locker Room
Giordano as Seattle's first captain is a no-brainer.
Report: Penguins likely to sign Brian Boyle | PensBurgh
Nashville Predators legend Brian Boyle.
Brave Islanders fan tricks Ryan Reaves into taking a picture with an Isles jersey | Bardown
Kudos to these brave souls for pulling off an A+ prank of Ryan Reaves and getting away without getting murdered.
Today’s Song To Get You HYPED
We’re just two more sleeps away from Predators hockey...
In other news, who knew the dad of the girl from Emily in Paris was such a solid singer?
Enjoy your Tuesday, y’all!