Predators' Josi Captures First Norris Trophy

Predators' Josi Captures First Norris Trophy

September 21st, 2020 On Monday evening, the NHL awarded several of its top individual honors. We've covered each of those at The Hockey Writers: Leon Draisaitl Wins Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay AwardWinnipeg Jets' Connor Hellebuyck Wins Vezina TrophyCale Makar Wins Calder Trophy Last, but certainly not least, the...
Today in Hockey History: Sept. 19

Today in Hockey History: Sept. 19

September 19th, 2020 Sept. 18 was a good day for National Hockey League debuts as a former number one overall pick and a new franchise took to the ice for the first time. Also, the largest crowd to ever gather for an NHL game showed up in Florida for a preseason tilt. Finally, a pair of future Hall of Famers moved on...
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August 31st, 2020
Predators Goaltending

Pekka Rinne was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft at 258th overall. He has since become the franchise leader in wins, shutouts, has been an All-Star four times, Vezina finalist three times and Vezina winner once in 2018. That is incredible value for a player who had 257 players selected ahead of him. He's been a fan favourite and his 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund does wonders for the community — by all accounts he is one of the most beloved Predators of all time. Related: Jean Beliveau - Miracle of Modesty Being a fan favourite doesn't win you games, though, and father time is undefeated. Rinne will turn 38 in November and with 24-year-old Juuse Saros accumulating over 100 games in his shadow over the years, it is likely time for a changing of the...
August 28th, 2020
Predators History

David Poile has had a long career in the NHL, including stints as the Atlanta/Calgary Flames assistant general manager, 15 years as the Washington Capitals general manager from 1982-1997, and has been the Nashville Predators only general manager since their inception into the league in 1998. Over his time in the league, he has become the all-time winningest GM with 1,416 wins. While with the Predators, he has managed 12 playoff appearances, two division titles, and one Stanley Cup appearance in 2017 - quite the impressive resume. Related: Revisiting David Poile's Drafts - 1998 During his career, Poile has been known to be a wheeler and dealer and that certainly did not change when coming over to Nashville. There were dozens of trades that Poile has made that I scoured through that...
August 28th, 2020
Predators History

On June 25, 1997, the NHL's board of governors approved new teams for four cities in an ambitious plan to expand to 30 clubs within three years. (from 'N.H.L. Names 4 Cities For Its New Franchises,' New York Times, 06/18/1997) Nashville was the first to join for the 1998-99 season, followed by Atlanta the next year and both Minneapolis-St. Paul and Columbus in 2000-01. The players available in the 1998 Expansion Draft show how exponentially harder it was for the Nashville Predators to assemble a team than it was for the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017. The same challenge awaited the Atlanta Thrashers, Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets. They may as well have been playing hockey with brooms. Related: All-Decade NHL Draft - 2010-to 2019 Teams were allowed to protect four more...
August 27th, 2020
Predators Prospects

The Oshawa Generals began their bid for the 2021 Memorial Cup, and with it came a plan to build a roster that could win the national title on home ice. Their plans clearly began with one name in mind, Philip Tomasino. They already had 2020 NHL Entry Draft first-round bubble prospects in Lleyton Moore and Ty Tullio on their roster but what they were truly missing for their Cup run was a bonafide game-breaking forward. That sounds a little bit like another team I know at the NHL level, by the way. So, general manager Roger Hunt took a look at his assets and took a major swing at landing Tomasino, a dynamic junior superstar. 9 Draft Picks Nine was the number of draft picks the Gens used to acquire Tomasino from the Niagara Ice Dogs. Think of a time a player required that many...
August 27th, 2020
Nashville Predators

It was not that long ago when the Nashville Predators were the plucky underdog, who were, dare we say it, easy to root for. However, after making a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2017, the organization has regressed and regressed badly. In the 2018 playoffs they were eliminated in the second round, then took a first-round exit, and most recently the Predators were bounced in the qualifying-round series. Their 2017 national display of “This is Smashville” was their statement to the hockey world that they had talent and were ready to be taken seriously. After a first-round sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks – a Cup favorite at the time – and other exciting, dominant series wins en route to the Final, the Predators’ performance lamented that this team had something...
August 25th, 2020
Predators Prospects

The Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators have each loaned one of their prospects overseas. A Florida Panthers prospect and pending restricted free agent (RFA) has signed in Finland and we take a look at a player who is being labeled as a boom-or-bust type of prospect for our Prospect of the Day. Flyers Loan Russian Prospect Rubtsov Overseas The Flyers have announced that they have loaned prospect German Rubtsov to HK Sochi of the KHL for the start of the 2020-21 season. The native of Chekhov, Russia, was originally drafted by the Flyers in the first round, 22nd overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft. Rubtsov spent this past season playing for the Flyers and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL). In four games with the Flyers, he was held pointless but he...