Player News - Predators

Date: Team: Pos:

Filip Forsberg opened Predators' training camp on a line with Viktor Stalberg and Calle Jarnkrok.

Other line combos for Saturday's scrimmage are: James Neal-Mike Ribeiro-Taylor Beck (although Gabriel Bourque played on the unit Friday) and Graig Smith-Derek Roy-Colin Wilson. Not sure how much stock we can put in this alignment, although it does look like Preds' new coach Peter Laviolette does want Neal and Ribeiro to play together.
Sep 20 - 2:13 PM

The contract talks for Ryan Ellis with the Nashville Predators "are not going well at all," according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

This one is hard to understand because Ellis is not in position to demand top dollar, and the Preds with plenty of cap space. Regardless with Ellis "nowhere close to a new contract," the Preds have brought in former Lightning and Senator Brian Lee on a PTO.
Sep 19 - 1:38 AM

Brian Lee has agreed to a Professional Try Out contract with the Nashville Predators, GM David Poile announced.

The 2005 draft pick of the Ottawa Senators brings veteranship, and if nothing else, serves as added motivation to Ryan Ellis to finally agree to a new RFA contract. Lee has scored 36 points in his 209 career games but hasn't seen regular time since the 2011-'12 season.
Sep 19 - 12:56 AM

A line to watch at training camp for the Predators could be a combination of Derek Roy, Craig Smith and Colin Wilson.

"They're both good players with the puck and real smart," Roy said. "Smitty's an offensive dynamic with a great shot. Colin is a great passer and has great vision around the ice. I'm looking forward to playing with those guys and seeing where it goes." Roy inked a one-year, $1 million contract with Nashville back in July after he accounted for nine goals and 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis last season.
Sep 18 - 6:44 PM

Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg was named the MVP of this week's Rookie Tournament.

He's been able to distinguish himself on levels just below the NHL, so can he make it now with a more offensive-minded coach in Peter Laviolette? It's a situation that's at least worth monitoring fantasy-wise.
Sep 16 - 5:07 PM

Filip Forsberg scored the winner in overtime to lead the rookies from Nashville to a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay.

Forsberg was drafted 11th overall two seasons ago and was dealt to the Predators for Martin Erat, a move that the Capitals are ruing at this time. Forsberg should crack the Nashville lineup this season and see some power play time on the second unit. He should get 30-35 points but is only worth taking in keeper leagues at this time.
Sep 13 - 7:54 PM

Two players worth watching during the rookie tournament taking place in the NHL this week are Filip Forsberg and Colton Sissons.

Forsberg will be trying to make a positive impression on new Preds' coach Peter Laviolette, who will be looking for offense that the explosive Forsberg can provide. Sissons, who had some scoring success in the AHL last season, is more of a two-way player than Forsberg but lacks the Swede's pure scoring ability. Keep an eye on both these players as they have a legitimate chance of cracking the Preds' lineup out of training camp.
Sep 13 - 1:36 PM

Pekka Rinne said his hip "feels great."

"I had a good summer. I worked hard and stayed healthy," he said. "I'm just really excited for this upcoming season. I feel like I'm ready to go. I still have to pay attention to it, but I don't have to change anything, I don't have to skip any training because of that. It feels normal, I feel like I have the strength back in my legs this summer. It feels great and it's nice not to think about it all the time." Rinne has been dealing with a hip issue for the past two seasons and an infection limited him to 24 appearances last year. Don't let him slip too far on draft day, as he'll probably prove to be worth the risk.
Sep 11 - 6:38 PM

Nashville backup goalie Carter Hutton has been impressed by the shot of James Neal during informal skates.

"A lot of guys give you more information. You can kind of read where pucks are going," Hutton said. "With him it's hard to pick up his stick blade and where it goes from there. He's one of those shooters who is very patient. He gives a lot of false information, and moves the puck in a lot of locations. He's one of those guys where you have to be patient." Neal said his shot selection will change based on where he is on the ice and a goaltender's tendencies. The former Penguins winger is expected to add an offensive element to the Predators that the team hasn't had in a while and a 30-goal campaign should be in the cards.
Sep 8 - 5:28 PM

According to teammate James Neal, Derek Roy looks terrific after an intense off-season training regimen.

Roy worked out with Neal and fitness guru and former NHL'er Gary Roberts. "[Derek] came in and trained with us; he looks great," Neal said Friday. "He had a great summer training. I worked out with him every day; he was good in the gym and he looked great on the ice, so we expect a big year out of him." If Neal is correct, Roy could play a big role with the Predators this coming season. He may even center Neal as the two may have bonded over the summer. Watch Roy in training camp to see how he looks and where he plays. He could be a sleeper.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 6 - 11:19 AM

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


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