Prospects News & Rumors: Team Canada, Lafreniere & Farrell

Prospects News & Rumors: Team Canada, Lafreniere & Farrell

November 22nd, 2020 Team Canada had themselves a very eventful Saturday. After revealing that a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19, its stacked roster took to the ice for a scrimmage during their World Junior Championship selection camp. Also, the United States Hockey League (USHL) has finally kicked off...
Prospects News & Rumors: Lundell, Askarov & Daws

Prospects News & Rumors: Lundell, Askarov & Daws

November 19th, 2020 A Florida Panthers' recent first-round pick registers a record-breaking night in the Finnish Liiga. The Nashville Predators' top selection from the 2020 NHL Entry Draft is off to an impressive start to the 2020-21 KHL season and a New Jersey Devils third-round pick signs a professional contract in...
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November 9th, 2020
Nashville Predators

Mark Borowiecki may not be as classically handsome as Joel Kinnaman, or as deadpan serious as Peter Weller, but what sets apart "BoroCop" from the actors who have portrayed RoboCop is that everyone in the universe of his fandom unequivocally loves him. The “BoroCop” moniker – of course, a play on the RoboCop movie character, is very appropriate for the seemingly part-man, part-machine defenceman who once dislocated a rib mid-game, and returned to the ice in the same game. Borowiecki is well-known for his toughness on the ice, patrolling Ottawa’s blue line for the past several seasons and consistently ranking atop the league leaders in hits. After spending 12 seasons as a member of the Ottawa Senators’ organization, Borowiecki signed a two-year, $4 million contract with...
November 3rd, 2020
Predators Transactions

The Nashville Predators just made another significant improvement to their blue line with the addition of Matt Benning. He was selected 175th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He then played for the Northeastern University Huskies in the NCAA from 2013-2016, where he played 110 games with 56 points (9 goals and 47 assists) and in 2016, he helped the Huskies win the Hockey East title. When the Bruins didn't offer him a contract, he opted to sign a two-year entry-level deal with his hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers (Benning is from St. Albert, Alberta, a short drive from Edmonton). He also has ties to the NHL; his father, Brian Benning, played for five NHL teams, including the Oilers. His uncle is Jim Benning, who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and...
November 2nd, 2020
Previews and Predictions

It’s no secret that the majority of National Hockey League players are Canadian, and the Nashville Predators are no exception. With ten of the twenty projected starting day players on the roster coming from Canada, the remaining fifty percent of the roster spreads out between four different countries. The Predators have solid Canadian depth down the middle with Ryan Johansen, Matt Duchene, Colton Sissons, and Brad Richardson projected to be the centres. The blue line is solidly stacked with Canadians as well, with Ryan Ellis and Mark Borowiecki the headliners there. The Finns have had a monopoly on the Predators’ crease for several seasons now, with Juuse Saros and Pekka Rinne the only two goaltenders who have played for Nashville since Saros became a full-time NHLer during the...
October 29th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, the Dallas Stars have new jerseys and a have officially named their new full-time coach. In Toronto, there is talk about how closely the Maple Leafs will watch Frederik Andersen's season and if a trade or extension becomes the best option. Finally, should teams like the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning be concerned about all the renewed talk about an RFA offer sheets? Are the Predators the team to watch in that regard? Questions About Andersen in Toronto The expectation by the Toronto Maple Leafs is that goaltender Frederik Andersen will have a rebound season, but also that backup Jack Campbell will play more and push Andersen in a contract year. If either respond well, it could put Andersen in a position to get paid well in free agency next...
October 28th, 2020
Predators Goaltending

Pekka Rinne was born on Nov. 3, 1982, in Kempele, Finland, and was drafted in the fourth round at 258th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. Before becoming Nashville's starting goalie in the 2008-09 season, he played in the SM-liiga for Kärpät. His best season with them was in 2004-05, where he posted a 1.68 goals against average (GAA) and a .927 save percentage (SV%) in 10 games. Between the 2005-06 season and 2008-09 season, he was between Nashville and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. In the 2005-06 season, he tied for second in the AHL with 30 regular-season wins. He had 10 postseason wins with three shutouts to lead the Milwaukee Admirals to the 2006 Calder Cup Final, where they lost to the Hershey Bears. He made...
October 28th, 2020
Predators Transactions

It’s fair to say that one of the reasons the Nashville Predators finished sixth in the Western Conference and were eliminated by the Arizona Coyotes in the Qualifying Round of the 2020 NHL Playoffs was their ineffective special teams. Their power play was stagnant, ranked 25th in the NHL, while the penalty kill was even worse at 29th. You don’t need to be an expert to know that you won’t win a championship without your special teams performing strongly. General manager David Poile and head coach John Hynes have addressed this problem with some of the acquisitions they've made this offseason in preparation for the 2020-21 season. Through coaching additions and free agent signings the Predators - on paper - have improved their special teams. Offseason Coaching...