Friday's Dump & Chase: First Day of the Rest of Your Life

It's Draft Day! Thirty-one young hockey players will be selected this evening by an assortment of hockey clubs. How long they'll stay with those teams remains to be seen, but it's still a pretty big deal.

Nashville News & Notes

Kevin Fiala Takes to the Ice for First Time Since Injury | Nashville Predators
He's skating again! Great news for him being ready to start the season.

Losing James Neal was ‘painful’ for Nashville Predators GM | Puck Daddy
"There were no James Neals available to the Nashville Predators when we started 20 years ago."

Preds Development Camp Opens June 26 | Nashville Predators
The Predators are hosting a Future Stars game Friday the 30th at Bridgestone Arena. Proceeds go to the Ford Ice Center Scholarship Fund.

Losing the Cup a big win for Preds fans | The Nashville Ledger
...That is certainly a headline.

Around Hockey

Blackhawks on ‘huge loss’ of Hossa, lingering salary cap questions | ProHockeyTalk
I can't believe this is the first time I've seen Neal to Chicago floated.

Canadiens acquire D Schlemko from VGK -- TSN
And Vegas took Emelin off their hands for free!

Wow The Golden Knights Are Going To Be Bad | Deadspin
This team is going to be bad. But Poile is actually right that they're going to be the best expansion team ever. The bar is really, really low.

12 big questions heading into NHL Draft: Trade rumours galore -
"Judging by his selections, it’s obvious McPhee will enter 2017-18 in tank mode."

Jordan Eberle traded to Islanders for Ryan Strome -
The trade isn't awful, but it is disappointing. It will be awful if it turns out Chiarelli just freed up four million dollars to give Kris Russell stupid money.

NHL, USA Hockey, USHL announce multiyear partnership |
The USHL is the highest tier of junior hockey in the US. I guess not counting the CHL teams?