Thursday’s Dump & Chase: I(IHF) See What You Did There

The international tournament begins this week, and the Preds and Blackhawks will combine for plenty of attendees.

Nashville Predators News

Five Preds to Participate in 2019 IIHF World Championship |
The Preds will be well-represented in this year's tourney.

Annual Scouting Meetings Commence as Preds Prepare for 2019 NHL Draft |
The first step toward the draft begins this week, as months of scouting reports are put to use in the first of many meetings before this year's Entry Draft.

Central Division Roundup

13 Blackhawks are representing 10 countries at the world championship beginning Friday in Slovakia | Chicago Tribune
Chicago fans' next taunt is likely to be "Well, how many IIHF participants do you have??"

Dallas Stars Goaltending Not Enough to Overcome Offensive Struggles | Defending Big D
America loses when the St. Louis Blues make it to the Conference Final, but this result isn't terribly surprising given the quality of hockey that the Blues have played since the calendar turned to 2019.

Winnipeg Jets’ Defensemen—The Offseason To-Do List | The Hockey Writers
A look at a unit that could very well be without Jacob Trouba next year, as he's made it clear for a few years that he's not interested in sticking around in 'Peg for the long haul. Winnipeg has some big decisions to make.

Around the Hockeyverse

Duchene to test free agency; Bobrovsky undecided on Blue Jackets future |
A second-round loss may not be what the Jackets had in mind when they decided in February to go for it, but nevertheless it’s time to pay the piper.

7 NHL teams that could threaten to offer-sheet a superstar |
On a scale of Bran Stark to Arya Stark, how aggressive does David Poile go this summer?

Bruins vs. Hurricanes playoff preview |
I won't tell you who to cheer for, but I will say that teams that used to employ Peter Laviolette should get your full support.