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NEWS FLASH: Rookie Camp Opens Sept. 10, 21 players invited


September 10th, 2011 will be the start of the Nashville Predators rookie training camp that will culminate in a pair of games against the Tampa Bay/Florida Panthers rookie squads on September 12th and 13th in Florida.

21 total players will be coming to this year’s rookie camp, 12 forwards, 7 defenseman, and 2 goalies. The complete list of players, and the schedule, is listed below in the official press release. Only 19 more days until Predators hockey begins in some fashion.

Press release from the club:

Nashville, Tenn. (August 24, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that a team of Nashville Predators prospects will open camp on Saturday, Sept. 10 with a on-ice practice at Centennial Sportsplex, and travel to Sunrise, Fla., for games against Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers prospects on Sept. 12 (5 p.m. CT vs. T.B.) and Sept. 13 (11 a.m. CT vs. FLA) at Iceplex.

This marks the fourth consecutive season Predators prospects have played a Southeast Division opponent during their camp. In 2008, they hosted the Atlanta Thrashers for two games at Bridgestone Arena, and in 2009 a team of rookies traveled to Duluth, Ga., for games at the Thrashers’ practice facility. Last season, Florida and Nashville rookies played a two-game set in Sunrise.

Prospects expected to attend the camp include first rounders Chet Pickard (2008), Ryan Ellis (2009) and Austin Watson (2010), second rounders Roman Josi (2008) and Charles-Olivier Roussel (2009), as well as top prospects Craig Smith – one of Team USA’s three best players at the 2011 World Championships – and Taylor Beck – who ranked among the Top 10 OHL scorers in each of the past two seasons.

The games and camp will precede the opening of 2011 Training Camp, which occurs Sept. 16, with testing and physicals.  The Predators’ first day on the ice will be Saturday, Sept. 17 at Centennial Sportsplex and they will play eight preseason contests from Sept. 19-Oct. 1, including three at home (Sept. 24 vs. Winnipeg, Sept. 28 vs. Washington and Oct. 1 vs. Carolina).

Full rookie camp schedule and roster is as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 10

Time                                        Event                                                   Location
10:00-10:30 a.m.                  Goalie Session                                    Centennial Sportsplex
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.         Practice                                               Centennial Sportsplex
12:30-2 p.m.                          Off-ice workouts and meetings       Centennial Sportsplex

Sunday, Sept. 11

Time                                        Event                                                   Location
10:00-10:30 a.m.                   Goalie Session                                       Centennial Sportsplex
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.          Practice                                                  Centennial Sportsplex
12:30-2 p.m.                           Off-ice workouts and meetings          Centennial Sportsplex

Monday, Sept. 12

Time                                        Event                                                   Location
5:00 p.m.                                 Game vs. Tampa Bay Prospects Iceplex

Tuesday, Sept. 13

Time                                        Event                                                   Location
11:00 a.m.                               Game vs. Florida Prospects       Iceplex

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Time                                        Event                                                   Location
1:00-3:00 p.m.                         Practice                                               Centennial Sportsplex
3:30-4:45 p.m.                         Off-ice workouts and meetings        Centennial Sportsplex


Brent Andrews, Taylor Beck, Gabriel Bourque, Joel Champagne, David Elsner, Ryan Flynn, Jani Lajunen, Michael Latta, Robert Slaney, Josh Shalla, Craig Smith, Austin Watson

Taylor Aronson, Victor Bartley, Mattias, Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Jeffrey Foss, Charles-Olivier Roussel, Scott Valentine

Atte Engren, Chet Pickard


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