Firstly, this out to be the final “Summer Ramblings” of the offseason. When the weather is dipping below 50 degrees like it did here in Wisconsin over the weekend – it is just hard to use a term like summer. Besides, great news! The hockey season is on its way.
The rookie tournament that is currently taking place in Nashville has a day of practices today. The games resume tomorrow with the Predators getting a look at the Boston Bruins prospects squad. Preds won their first game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime and lost in regulation to the Florida Panthers. The Bruins lost 2-0 against the Panthers and followed that up with a 3-2 defeat to the Lightning in OT.
Once the rookie tournament caps off the pre-season for Nashville begins one week from this Tuesday:
Tuesday, Sep 23 @ Tampa Bay: 6:30pm CST
Thursday, Sep 25 vs. Tampa Bay: 7:00pm CST
Saturday, Sep 27 vs. Florida: 3:00pm CST
Saturday, Sep 27 vs. Florida: 7:00pm CST
Monday, Sep 29 vs. Columbus: 7:00pm CST
Saturday, Oct. 4 @ Columbus: 6:00pm CST
The next question you probably have is: when will the first Milwaukee Admirals practice take place? From what I’ve heard it should be taking place on October 2nd – just prior to the pre-season finale for the Predators but a week and a day before the AHL season opener.
Hockey’s Future Top 20 Predators Prospects
It’s been awhile for me to digest this one. And the more I look at the list the more I argue who should go where. According to Hockey’s Future the Top 20 list for the Preds prospects comes out as such:
1. Filip Forsberg (LW)
2. Kevin Fiala (LW)
3. Vladislav Kamenev (LW)
4. Calle Jarnkrok (C)
5. Juuse Saros (G)
6. Colton Sissons (C)
7. Pontus Aberg (LW)
8. Jack Dougherty (D)
9. Brendan Leipsic (LW)
10. Jimmy Vesey (LW)
11. Magnus Hellberg (G)
12. Viktor Arvidsson (LW)
13. Justin Kirkland (LW)
14. Jonathan-Ismael Diaby (D)
15. Austin Watson (C)
16. Miikka Salomaki (LW)
17. Taylor Beck (LW)
18. Patrick Cehlin (RW)
19. Marek Mazanec (G)
20. Johan Alm (D)
Quite the list right? About fourteen of that twenty could be in Milwaukee this season. The positive comment out of the way. I don’t agree with Hockey’s Future here. (1) I’d have Fiala at the top. (2) Jarnkrok has a brighter future than Forsberg or Kamenev in my book. (3) On what planet is Salomaki projected less, at this point, than Watson? (4) It’s fascinating to me how the goaltenders have been placed. Both Hellberg and Mazanec had whirlwind seasons last year while Saros had one of his own in Europe. Should Saros really rated that high, though? (5) Five of the twenty named are 2014 NHL Draft selections by Nashville. So that went really well.
Bickering, etc etc. It’s a list. Speaking of which, Forsberg comes in as their eighteenth prospect per the 2013-14 post-season rankings. I have to assume a new one is on the way.
Do you agree with the rankings given from Hockey’s Future? Who is in your top five prospects in the system? Me: (1) Fiala, (2) Forsberg, (3) Jarnkrok, (4) Sissons, (5) Salomaki.
Tonight I’ll be taking part in a webcast with the Predlines crew. This should be taking place just about every week from this point forth. I’ll be sure to get the Milwaukee Admirals chatter going on that and throw the finished YouTube product up on our assorted social media: Facebook and Twitter. With the rookie tournament being fresh in most minds in the first edition of that. It should be a good watch and listen.