âYou have to see where you’ve been to know where you want to go, but right now our eyes are on the future, and I’m really looking forward to seeing a lot of changes in our roster,â said the CEO. of Nashville. recently on the official Preds podcast. âIf there’s anything that I’ve learned over the years, it’s that all I think is going to happen, and what really happens is often two different things. So what I want is to say by that is that there are going to be surprises at training camp, and there will probably be disappointments. Whatever you think I may have as a starting XI, I guarantee you I did. not that clarification, and that’s why we have a training camp. We let the players decide who is going to be on our squad this year. “
Six preseason games and a series of practices in between will eventually bring clarity, but afterwards an offseason that has seen the Predators undergo more changes than in recent memory, everyone can’t wait to see who will impress, Poile included.
Where will newcomers like before Cody Glass and defender Philippe myers to insert? Does the defender Dante Fabbro have a bounce season? What steps will move forward Eeli Tolvanen take in its second full campaign?
These are just a few of the questions Poile touched on in this recent conversation, and he, like the rest of us, is ready to find out.
âIt’s just – it’s different every year,â Poile said of training camp. âI can’t describe it exactly, but like I said, some years you feel like you have the chance to win the Stanley Cup, some years you aren’t sure you will go to the playoffs. playoffs. You are still worried. about some players and what they can and can’t do, but I think we have so many guys that have a lot of potential, and it’s exciting. But I guarantee that there is going to be someone who is going to make our team that we haven’t even talked about, and I guarantee that there is someone who is going to disappoint that we have talked about. So that’s how it is, and that’s why I have such a great job. Every day is exciting, every day is new and different and you just don’t know what it’s going to bring, but we don’t have to wait too long to start finding out. “
Predator training camp starts on Wednesday along with physical exams and team meetings, on-ice testing takes place on Thursday and camp’s first ice training is scheduled for Friday. From there, the Predators will have exactly 20 days of preparation before the real thing happens. Those three weeks may seem like a long time, but the puck will fall soon enough.
So make your predictions, but write them down in pencil and have an eraser handy. We are about to go back to school.
âI read a few articles that said we were sort of in the middle, and I kinda agree with that,â Poile said. âI used a bit of a phrase, ‘competitive rebuilding’ if you will, and I think we’re still a good team with some of the potential of these young players who will hopefully surprise people. , that’s why it’s going to be an interesting training camp. That’s why it’s going to be an interesting year, because I don’t necessarily think on paper, you’re going to have a lot of people who will choose us for maybe even making the playoffs. Sure, I’d like to prove a lot of people wrong, and I’m really looking forward to training camp because of all the changes. “
The L’Heureux locks attract attention:
Predators drafted Zacharie L’Heureux in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft because of his unique combination of skill and courage – but he also wows people with his hair.
L’Heureux sports her lettuce in a unique way – high and tight at the sides with a mess of curls on top – to give her a sort of bad boy look that not many people could wear.
He wears it well, though, and while we’re still a few years away from seeing him compete for a job here in Nashville, he’s sure to make impressions in more ways than one.
Duchene & Gill Mic’d Up:
We love a good mic video here on the Smashville Scope, and we’re having a double dose of off-season fun this week thanks to the Preds forward Matt Duchene and Preds broadcaster Hal Gill.
Duchene wore a mic as he competed in the 11th Annual Brent Peterson Golf Classic with his teammates, and Gill chatted as he helped coach the skaters at the Philippe Forsberg Hockey clinic.
As you can imagine, both sessions yielded entertaining results, so set aside five minutes and enjoy.
Video: Duchene took a mic at the Brent Peterson Golf Classic
Video: Forsberg Hockey Clinic raises funds for Make-A-Wish
Petey’s Preds party arrives at Bridgestone Arena; Tickets on sale now:
After a year off in 2020, the First Horizon Petey’s Preds Party returns to the ice at Bridgestone Arena. Always a fan favorite, attendees will enjoy an evening of stand-up comedy from Nashville comedian Aaron Weber, a delicious dinner, and an auction of rare hockey and sporting goods. Individual tickets and tables of 10 are available by visiting NashvillePredators.com/Peteys.
In addition to benefiting the Predators Foundation, both events will benefit the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s, which was founded in 2009 by Brent Peterson. âPetey,â as he’s known, was an assistant coach from day one until 2011, when he went public with his battle with Parkinson’s disease. Today, Petey continues to work tirelessly to raise awareness of the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease and advance PFP’s mission – to support and improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease, their care partners and their families. families to achieve their best possible quality of life through outreach, education and programs within a caring community.
Fangtastic 5k coming in October:
Want to see the Preds hit the ice? First, put on your running shoes.
Show your Preds pride and join us for the 2021 Fangtastic 5K presented by Planet Fitness on October 9, 2021, as the Preds kick off the 2021-22 season with a run around downtown Nashville. Enjoy a 5k walk or run starting and ending at your favorite spot – Bridgestone Arena – starting at 7:00 a.m. CT.
Planet Fitness will be present to organize a warm-up before the race 15 minutes before the start of the race. In addition, a percentage of the registration fee will automatically be donated to the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily. Other donation and fundraising opportunities are available upon registration.
Registration includes a 2021 Fangtastic 5K race commemorative t-shirt, a 2021 Fangtastic 5K finishing medal and, most importantly, a ticket to a Predators game on October 19 against Los Angeles or October 26 against San Jose.
Click here to find out more about the race and reserve your place.
Official Predator Podcast:
Hockey is back and the Predators rookie camp is underway. Preds prospect Luc Prokop joins the show to discuss his coming out as a gay athlete and the incredible support he has felt in Nashville and beyond. Additionally, Milwaukee Admirals head coach Karl Taylor joins Brooks Bratten and Kara Hammer to discuss Rookie Camp and what’s next for Nashville’s top prospects.
Upcoming Bridgestone Arena Events:
Hockey returns to Bridgestone Arena in October, but more exciting events are returning to the Preds home.
September 21: Eric Clapton with special guest Jimmie Vaughan. Click here for tickets.
23-26 Sep: Disney On Ice: Dream big. Click here for tickets.
September 28: Petey’s Preds Party. Click here for tickets.
Sep 29 & Oct 1 Harry Styles Love on tour. Click here for tickets.
Review of the last two weeks:
Preds scores five points in Panthers loss to NHL prospects
Preds fell in love with NHL Prospects Showcase opening
Tomasino and Farrance continue to prove themselves during Preds rookie camp
Admirals coach Taylor leads Preds hopes in rookie camp and beyond
Preds to appear on NHL national broadcast schedule 11 times
Official Preds Podcast: Rookie Camp Extravaganza
Photos: The Preds Foundation hosts the 11th Annual Brent Peterson Golf Classic
The Forsberg Clinic and the Preds Foundation raise $ 15,000 for Make-A-Wish
Bridgestone Arena Introduces New COVID Protocols For All Participants
Preds fans can submit an interest form to ticket the Stadium Series outdoor matches
Offseason Recap: Preds Trading, Signing & Selecting During Summer
Official Preds Podcast: Farewell Summer – Hockey is Coming
Tennessee and Memphis Collegiate basketball game tickets on sale today
Preds announce single-game tickets for January and February home games on sale
Hynes honored to be named assistant coach by the United States Olympic hockey team
NHL players to compete in Beijing 2022 Olympics