Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Welcome to the Big Leagues

The Preds kick off the 2021-22 season today as the rookies start camp.

SB Nation News

Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to On The Forecheck
Make sure you take a look at the upcoming improvements to SB Nation's commenting system so you can see how it will affect you and (more importantly) how this will improve your experience.  I mean, the comment sections on the internet are always great, happy places, right?

Nashville Predators News

Predators Rookie Camp Opens Thursday, Sept. 16 | Nashville Predators
Rookie camp (and the Predators’ 2021-22 season) kicks off today with a practice at Centennial Sportsplex before they head to Tampa for the 2021 NHL Prospect Showcase.  Among the 22 players invited include Philip Tomasino, David Farrance, Egor Afanasyev and Luke Prokop.  The Nashville rookies play scrimmages against Tampa (12 pm, Sept. 18), Florida (9 am, Sept. 19th) and Carolina (9 am, Sept. 21).

Forsberg Clinic, Preds Foundation Raise $15,000 for Make-A-Wish | Nashville Predators
Despite his not being able to appear due to COVID protocols, Filip Forsberg's namesake hockey clinic continued for the fourth year, with over 100 Nashville youth hockey players and Preds alumni Hal Gill, Stu Grimson and J.P. Dumont helping to raise over $15,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The team kicks off their full preseason with Nashville Predators training camp starting on Sept. 22nd, with open practices starting Sept. 23.

Hockey is For Everyone

Team USA Head Coach David Hoff on the 2022 Paralympics | On the Forecheck
Our very own Ann K snagged a fantastic interview with US Paralympic hockey coach David Hoff, discussing their gold medal performance at the World Championships and looking ahead to Beijing. This is a can’t-miss!

2021 Worlds: U25 First Team | The Ice Garden
The folks over at The Ice Garden named their U25 first team from the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championships.  Not only did Mike Murphy use film to evaluate the players, he also utilized hand-tracked data to provide even deeper analysis into who the best-performing players were at the tournament.

2021 Worlds: U25 Second Team | The Ice Garden
The second part of the U25 team selections, with Mike Murphy naming the Second Team of top performers at Worlds.

Tactics and Analytics

2021 Fantasy Hockey Projections | Evolving-Hockey
Even if you despise analytics, you still want to check out the fellas at Evolving Hockey for their 2021 fantasy hockey projections.  We are smack dab in the middle of draft season, so dig a little deeper into the data and get an edge when you’re selecting whatever fourth-line winger I’m shouting about on Twitter.

Evolving Hockey Podcast: Episode 3 | Evolving Hockey
The guys spend the third episode of their new podcast discussing the aforementioned fantasy hockey projections, plus talk about everything in the offseason and how each team projects to perform next season.  This is a great listen for your commute (or the walk from your bed to your desk chair, like I’ve done all quarantine).

The Power of Less in Practice Design - by Jack Han | The Hockey Tactics Newsletter
Jack’s work should be familiar to you all when you see my name in the byline.  In the first three pieces I’m featuring today, Jack talks about how to improve practices by working on some things LESS.  He covers several different skills/drills with video to support.  This is a great piece for hockey players at any level.

Better Team Practices, for Goalies - by Jack Han | The Hockey Tactics Newsletter
In the second piece by Jack today, he discusses how team practices can better benefit the skill development of the goaltenders.  For me, goalies are forever voodoo and the only thing goalie performance is linked to is probably something like what underwear they’re wearing. Goalies are weird, man.

Living Dangerously With John Klingberg - by Jack Han | The Hockey Tactics Newsletter
In the final piece by Jack Han, he takes a look at the sharp decline of Dallas Stars defender John Klingberg and whether he declined naturally or is a poor fit for head coach Rick Bowness's system.  I will always remember John Klingberg for one thing, so maybe check out today's Video of the Day for reference.

Around the NHL

Kaprizov contract negotiations with Wild 'pretty slow right now' |
Last season's Calder Trophy winner and restricted free agent Kirill Kaprizov is not much closer to a deal with the Minnesota Wild, but both sides seem optimistic it will eventually get done. It would be just awful if they didn't. We'd sure hate to see it.

Video of the Day

Speaking of John Klingberg...