Player News - Predators

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Former Predators winger and ex-Pittsburgh Penguin Steve Sullivan likes Nashville's acquisition of James Neal.

"I think Nashville fans are going to see the most pure, natural goal scorer they've seen in the team's history in James Neal," said Sullivan. "I had a chance to play with James for a year in Pittsburgh, and he can score from anywhere. He's a threat on the ice all the time. He's a fast skater, he explodes out of the gates really quick. His shot release is ridiculous, so I'm hoping he can continue that and scoring some big goals." Neal will probably be able to hit the 30-goal mark this season. If he does that would make him the first player to accomplish the feat since Patric Hornqvist, who Neal was traded for, reached that total in 2009-10.
Aug 27 - 6:09 PM

Brendan Leipsic is ready to start his first professional season.

However, he doesn't expect to head directly onto Nashville's roster like former Portland Winterhawks teammate Seth Jones did last season. "It's pretty rare that you see guys that make the jump right to the NHL like [Jones]. He's a rare talent that can make that seamless transition," Leipsic said. "It's going to be my first year pro, so there's going to be a lot of learning curves when I'm in the American League. It will be exciting." He registered 39 goals and 91 points in 60 WHL games last campaign. Leipsic was a third-round pick (89th overall) of the Predators in the 2012 draft.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 25 - 4:18 PM

Colin Wilson's struggles last season helped spark an off-season shopping spree, as the Preds brought in multiple new centers that will make it tough for the 24 year-old to earn top-six minutes.

Wilson was a scorer during his NCAA days at Boston University, and improved each and every year in his first four NHL seasons. Between 2011-2013, the Greenwich, CT native notched 54 points in 93 games. But the 24 year-old had trouble finding the net last year, managing just 33 points in 81 games. The Preds brought in Derek Roy, Olli Jokinen and Mike Ribiero during the off-season, which will make it difficult for the 24 year-old Wilson to log decent ice-time and play with the team's gifted wingers. If Wilson does win a featured spot on the top two lines, he is capable of putting up good numbers once again, but don't count on it.
Aug 24 - 10:30 AM

According to swisshockeynews.ch, Simon Moser will likely play for HC Bern of the Swiss League this season.

"During the negotiations, the Predators didn't move a bit in my direction," said Moser, who is a restricted free agent. "It's been said that this is a sign that they no longer count on me." He collected two points in six games with the Predators last season and 26 points in 48 contests with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL.
Aug 21 - 3:01 PM

It's a bit surprising that the Nashville Predators saved money by acquiring James Neal.

Nick Spaling will make $2.2 million next season in Pittsburgh and Patric Hornqvist will earn $4.25 million, while Neal will receive $5 million. The Predators acquired the best player in the deal and they freed up some salary cap space, which looks pretty good on paper. He does lose fantasy value in Nashville, but there's still a chance that he could outscore Hornqvist this season.
Aug 20 - 5:17 PM

Nashville GM David Poile is hopeful that restricted free agent Ryan Ellis will be signed soon.

"Like 99 percent of negotiations that aren't done at this time we just don't agree exactly on what the dollars should be," Poile said. "Hopefully it will be done by training camp. That's what our target is." Ellis should be a good fit with coach Peter Laviolette and his offense-oriented approach. He produced six goals and 27 points in 80 games last season.
Aug 13 - 5:44 PM

Mike Fisher's return from a ruptured Achilles tendon is still optimistically scheduled for late November.

"He's working out on a regular basis here," GM David Poile said. "Everything is tracking to date, but the bottom line is still a four- to six-month injury. Optimistically, Thanksgiving and end of November. That's an optimistic target." Fisher sustained the injury in early June while training.
Aug 13 - 5:03 PM

Pekka Rinne was able to participate in his typical training regimen this offseason.

Hip issues derailed both his 2012 and 2013 summer training programs, the latter due to surgery, so the problem-free offseason is a welcome change. Nashville GM David Poile is confident Rinne will return to form in 2014-15, partly due to the way in which he finished last year. "Pekka was good at the end of the season," Poile said. "I think he confirmed that to himself by playing at the World Championships and being named MVP of the World Championships. We've been in touch with him over the summer and he feels really great, which he hadn't been able to work out actually the last two summers…. A healthy Pekka Rinne makes everybody look better." Both the Predators and Rinne's fantasy owners are counting on a bounce back for the Finnish netminder.
Source: nhl.com
Aug 10 - 9:45 PM

Nashville GM David Poile remains extremely confident in the abilities of defenseman Seth Jones.

The soon-to-be 20-year old played a full season in the NHL as a teenager in 2013-14 and, in the eyes of Poile, did nothing to take the shine off the massive expectations placed upon him. "For 19 years old I'm not sure what you're supposed to expect, but he did a lot of really good things," Poile said. "I know he had some bumps in the road. I think his plus/minus (minus-23), you'd like to be better, but he went over to the World Championship and played really well; best defenseman in the tournament. He's been working out all summer. I'm expecting real good things. Just a little bit better in every area." Given the time generally afforded to young defenseman to develop into finished products, Jones appears to be on the path to stardom.
Source: nhl.com
Aug 10 - 7:29 PM

Nashville defenseman Shea Weber has received the highest rating for blueliners in the newest iteration of EA Sports' NHL hockey game.

The acclaim likely won't provide much comfort to Weber after he placed third in Norris Trophy voting, the third time he has finished in the top three, but it definitely signals the respect he has earned around the league. Weber remains one of the top fantasy commodities in the game.
Aug 9 - 10:06 AM

Simon Moser expects to get a raise from Nashville in order to re-sign.

Moser is still willing to accept a two-way contract by the sounds of things, but he wants the AHL level of his deal to pay him more than the $70,000 he got last season. Moser, who made Switzerland's Olympic team in 2014, could command more in his home country, which is likely why he wants a raise in order to stick around. He's a restricted free agent though, so if the Predators won't accommodate him, then his only other options are an offer sheet - which is unlikely - or a return to Europe. He had a goal and two points in six games with Nashville last season.
Jul 25 - 6:01 PM

Seth Jones has been working with Predators strength and conditioning coach David Good to bulk up over the summer.

Jones has already added five pounds, which brings him up to 210. "Physically he needs to mature more," assistant coach Phil Housley said. "He has to get stronger on his feet. He has to get more leverage, starting with the basic foundation of his legs up. That's just going to come with maturity and having seasons of working out as he grows. Mentally, I think he's mature." Jones had 25 points in his rookie season, but he was also minus-23.
Jul 21 - 9:49 AM

Expectations will be high in the coming season for forward Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators.

Smith is one of the fastest skaters in the NHL and scouts throughout the league have expected high numbers from him in the past couple of years. Last season, he was solid with 24 goals for the Preds and 52 points in 79 games. In the coming season, though, his statistics could get a jolt with new head coach Peter Laviolette, who is promising to implement a fast-paced, wide-open offensive system. "He's a pretty high-octane, high-powered offensive coach," Smith said. "He wants to outscore the other team versus trying to win 1-0, so I like that type of run-and-gun style."
Jul 20 - 4:24 PM

After three sub-par years, Derek Roy knew his training needed to change and he knew he needed to work on his nutrition.

So this summer the veteran center, who signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Predators last Tuesday, enrolled in Gary Roberts' fitness program in Toronto. Roberts, a former NHL forward, is renowned these days for his intense fitness regimen. He has mentored many NHL players, most notably Tampa Bay Lightning All-Star Steven Stamkos. Roy hopes being in better shape will help him avoid some of the injuries that slowed him down in recent seasons. "I wanted to come in the best shape I could possibly coming into the season, and that's why I sought out Gary and his workout program," Roy, 31, said. "I'm feeling great right now and hopefully at the end of the summer I'll be feeling better and not focusing on injuries. From a nutrition standpoint and working with some of the best athletes around has been good. It has been good for my health." Roy had only 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis last season.
Jul 19 - 10:37 AM

Nashville Predators GM David Poile thinks he's offering Derek Roy his "last chance" to prove that he can still be a top-tier skilled forward.

Roy is still only 31, so we think he'll get other chances, at the same time, it is certainly true that he might never get another opportunity to rebound that's as good as the one Poile's giving him. The Predators are shifting philosophies to one that favors offense, but they lack skilled forwards. That's put Roy in a position to serve on one of the Predators' top two lines and get plenty of power-play minutes. He had just 37 points in 75 games last season, but there was a time when he would consistently get over 60 points per campaign.
Jul 16 - 9:54 AM


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