Huzzah! Hockey is back, everyone. This weekend was the start of the Nashville Predators participation in the 2015 Rookie Tournament. The Predators prospects played Saturday and Sunday and have come away with a 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s prospects and a 5-2 win over the Florida Panther’s prospects.
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I was able to watch the Saturday night contest in full and, while the 5-1 loss looks bad on paper, there were lots of positive performances. Juuse Saros was in net for half the game and looked good in net. Brandon Whitney entered mid-way through the second period and also put in a solid effort despite conceding four goals. Kevin Fiala scored the lone goal for the Predators prospects in the game and appeared primed to earn a place on the Predators opening day roster. He looks a bit bigger on the ice, plays so smoothly with the puck, and showed some feistiness by getting into a post-whistle scrum and drawing a penalty.
It seems fitting to save more of the praise for the second outing for the Preds prospects who played Sunday because the 5-2 scoreline says enough. Pontus Åberg scored a gritty goal playing tight to the net looking for and cashing in on a rebound opportunity. Garrett Noonan blasted in a power-play goal from the center point while quarterbacking the power-play unit. Viktor Arvidsson whistled in a wrister. And then Yakov Trenin and Vladislav Kamenev both scored five-on-three power-play goals. Brilliant stuff from several lads that even included a scrap from Aaron Irving.
Small sample size but each game had it’s standout performer I feel. Fiala was a lot of fun to watch in the first game for Nashville. He seems to have filled into his frame that little bit more and when he was on the ice you could just see a talent difference – not too dissimilar to last year’s Rookie Tournament whenever Filip Forsberg took a shift. As good as Fiala looked Saturday he was one-upped the next day by Arvidsson. The Swede factored into the Preds first three goals and was a constant buzzing threat on the ice.
Small Note: Eric Robinson participated in the earlier Summer Rookie Development Camp in Nashville and has played in this Rookie Tournament as well. Curious about his contract status with the Predators? Right now Robinson is on a PTO with the organization after completing his ATO out of Dartmouth College last season with the Admirals. I’m assuming if an NHL entry level contract or two-way contract doesn’t get hammered out by the Predators then it’ll be the Admirals signing him to an AHL deal for this coming season. It all depends on how he performs ahead of the season.
The final contest of the 2015 Rookie Tournament will be in the early going’s of tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM. Don’t have a work meeting at that time? Don’t have a morning class you need to attend? Well, good news! The Tampa Bay Lightning have been streaming the tournament live on their website for free. You can dial up the feed here come puck drop tomorrow morning and tune in to see the Preds battle the the prospects of the Washington Capitals. I can’t applaud the Lightning enough for being so kind as to get a live feed of these games up for all to see.
This is more of an amusing question that I thought I would throw back to you fans more than anything and it is this. What do you think about the music that is played at Admirals games, what are your likes and dislikes, and what would you change or add if you could?
I’m simply asking that for the fun of it. I happen to sit next to the maestro that coordinates the tunes at Admirals games and have had a few requests added to the rotation in the time I’ve been with Roundtable. Last season in particular saw The Durango Riot get plopped into the mix as well as Kevin Owens or The Ascension‘s theme songs blast out during tilts on the ice. As for the random goal song change that lasted all of some.. one or two games.. that was a call made from the locker room, actually. That same mentality bleeds out into the pre-game skate tunes you hear from 6:30-6:45 PM as well most game nights.
So, what sort of music would you want to either hear or hear more of? Personally, I’d love to hear some Guns N’ Roses this season.