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The Nashville Predators have selected Samuel Girard with the 47th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

It was a banner year for Samuel Girard, who not only took home team-type honors with gold at the Ivan Hlinka, but also was named the QMJHL's Defenceman of the Year, and Sportsman of the Year award (Selke) as he led all defenders with 64 assists and 74 points. In fact, he had more helpers than the next highest defenders' total sum of points. Needless to say Girard's offensive capabilities are well-honed and already elite, which is what makes his defensive game such a disappointment. He thus far lacks the tenacity and willingness to make up for his 5'9" and 160 lbs frame in his own zone and gets eaten up by large forwards, which is why teams may be more interested in the similarly built Victor Mete instead.
Jun 25 - 1:32 PM

Carter Hutton may have some options when it comes to signing with a new team.

Hutton will leave the Predators for free ageny and this week's trades of Brian Elliott and Frederik Anderson may have opened up a few opportunities for Hutton to sign as a backup. The Flames are still looking for someone to team with the newly acquired Elliott and now there are backup openings in Anaheim and St. Louis. Marek Mazanec will serve as Pekka Rinne's understudy this upcoming season in Nashville.
Jun 25 - 11:36 AM

The Nashville Predators have selected Dante Fabbro with the 17th overall pick.

If there’s one thing Dante Fabbro has on most other defenders in the draft, it’s that he plays right-handed, a rare attribute in the NHL today. Favorably compared to Tyson Barrie and Torey Krug, the slim 18-year-old led all OHL defenders with 14 goals and 67 points in 45 games for Penticton (BCHL). He also chipped in with eight helpers in 11 games during the playoffs. He also received Top Defenceman honors in the BCHL and took home gold in the Ivan Hlinka tournament to cap off a banner 2015-16. Fabbro is seen as one of the more complete and best all-around defenders coming into the draft, who needs to focus more on simply refining his game and filling out his 6’0", 170 lbs frame. He's expected to play for Boston University, so the Predators will have to wait before he enters their system.
Jun 24 - 9:25 PM

Shea Weber has won the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

This is the first time the award has gone to Weber or a member of the Nashville Predators' organization. Weber is also the first defenseman to win it since Zdeno Chara in 2011. Weber has served as the Predators' captain since 2010.
Jun 22 - 7:56 PM

Vladislav Kamenev will be watched closely at Nashville's rookie development camp, which is scheduled to begin on June 26.

He was mentioned, along with Kevin Fiala, by GM David Poile as players "we want to have a good look at." Kamenev produced 15 goals and 37 points in 57 games with AHL Milwaukee in 2015-16. He could be in the NHL at some point next season.
Jun 14 - 11:49 AM

Kevin Fiala will headline Nashville's annual rookie development camp later this month.

He could crack the Predators' roster at training camp in the fall. Fiala has appeared in six NHL contests over the last two seasons, including five during the 2015-16 campaign.
Jun 14 - 11:45 AM

Nashville GM David Poile is still trying to trade Eric Nystrom.

If he is unsuccessful then he said a buyout was possible. The buyout period opens 48 hours after the playoffs.
Jun 13 - 12:02 PM

Carter Hutton sounds like he wants to test unrestricted free agency.

"Carter (Hutton) sees signing with the Predators as a little bit of a dead end to his career," said GM David Poile. "It's not over yet, but that's probably the way Carter is leaning. I have a hard time arguing against that." Nashville announced the re-signing of Marek Mazanec on Monday and he could be the team's backup goalie next year.
Jun 13 - 11:57 AM

Marek Mazanec has inked a one-year, two-way deal with Nashville.

He will make $575,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 if he plays in the AHL next season. Mazanec posted a 19-15-5 record with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in 39 games with Nashville's AHL affiliate last year. If pending UFA Carter Hutton isn't signed by the Predators then Mazanec could be the Predators' backup goalie in 2016-17.
Jun 13 - 11:19 AM

Nashville is working on signing restricted free agent Filip Forsberg.

Forsberg's agent, J.P. Barry said the two sides have spoken regularly and they are "zeroing in on a term that we both want to work on." Blue Jackets forward Brandon Saad (six years, $36 million) and Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (eight years, $60 million) are viewed as possible comparable deals. Both sides want to get something done sooner rather than later.
Jun 10 - 12:26 PM

Miikka Salomaki led Nashville's forward group with 164 hits in 2015-16.

He is projected to be a full-time fourth liner for the Predators next year after he played in 61 games last campaign. Salomki also contributed 10 points.
Jun 9 - 2:51 PM

Colton Sissons is expected to be Nashville's fourth-line center next season.

GM David Poile referred to Sissons as the "heir apparent" to departing veteran Paul Gaustad. The 22-year-old Sissons has 51 games of NHL experience, including 34 during the 2015-16 campaign.
Jun 9 - 2:35 PM

The Predators will need to handle the Eric Nystrom situation soon.

Nashville wants to part ways with him and while that might involve a buyout, a trade is still a possibility. "It has to happen pretty soon," Predators GM David Poile said. "The buyout period starts 48 hours after the Stanley Cup playoffs, and I want to be in position to know whether we can trade him or whether we'd keep him or whether we'd buy him out." The Stanley Cup Final would end on Thursday if Pittsburgh wins Game 5.
Jun 8 - 6:43 PM

The Nashville Predators have released their preseason schedule.

Nashville will kick things off on Sept. 27 with two games against the Florida Panthers and conclude its exhibition schedule on Oct. 8 versus Tampa Bay. In total the Predators will participate in six contests.
Jun 8 - 8:56 AM

Max Reinhart has signed with the German League's Cologne Sharks.

Reinhart had 23 goals and 38 points in 73 AHL contests in 2015-16. The 24-year-old has 23 games worth of NHL experience.
Jun 6 - 12:11 PM


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