Training Camp Update: Sept. 20

Saturday, 09.20.2008 / 12:08 PM / Training Camp Central
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Training Camp Update: Sept. 20
The Preds took to the ice for the first time on Saturday. The team was split into two groups with Team Blue skating in the morning and Team Silver skating in the afternoon. Check below for rosters.

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Today's Highlights:
Today was all about drills in both sessions. It doesn't make for an overly exciting day at the rink, but a necessary way to get things started none-the-less. Tomorrow should be a better barometer with the first intra-camp scrimmage.

      Morning Session
In general goaltenders led the way with all three netminders (Dekanich, Ellis, and Smith) looking strong in net. Among the skaters, JP Dumont and Ryan Suter were most noticeable. Dumont consistently generated quality scoring chances during the drills, regarless of who he skated with or against. Suter took every advantage to bump and bang with forwards during the drills and even exchanged elbows with Ryan Jones in a battle along the boards during a three-on-two drill later in the session.

     Afternoon Session
Much like the morning session, goaltenders and defense carried the afternoon session. Pekka Rinne and Chet Pickard looked especially sharp between the pipes. The physical play of the defensemen was also noticeable in the afternoon, particularly from Dan Hamhuis and Ville Koistinen. Ryan Maki stood out among forwards, especially during the three-on-two drills later in the session, where he netted goals on back-to-back turns and hit a post on a third shot.

Quote Book:
Head Coach Barry Trotz
"I thought it was a real good work day. We got a lot established, trying to break some habits guys pick up during the summer. I thought both groups (Blue and Silver) worked extremely hard. Execution we're going to work on that. I thought one group executed better than the other, but it's just the first day jitters."

"I think there's a balance there. Veteran's don't necessarily want to get run over, but I do think they need to get some contact. That's part of the game. If you avoid contact for three weeks and all of the sudden you're starting Opening Night, the opposition isn't going to let you off the hook there. You have to get yourself hardened a little bit. You don't want to play reckless, you have to play under control, but you also want to be a part of the whole process and bumping and playing the game the way it should be played."

On the performance of the younger players...
"I think they're trying to do everything so quickly. Young guys are trying so hard to play at a higher pace, sometimes their execution suffers, passes aren't on the tape, things like that. Once they get over the first day, they'll be fine tomorrow."

Captain Jason Arnott
It doesn't matter what you do during the summer or how much pick-up you play with the guys, you get out there for a full practice for an hour, hour and a half like we did today, to get the jitters out, to get mentally back into shape, to get your hands back. It was a long summer, so we're definitely ready to go in here. Everybody looks good; everybody's in shape. There's still a long way to go. You still have to get your skating legs back, then your hands back.

On expectations for this season...
Expectations should be no less than definitely making the playoffs. We need to get that in our head right now. It doesn't matter how many teams feel they've upgraded their rosters, we have a great hockey team in here. We have to go out every night and work hard. We have to have that mindset. You look around the league and see other teams getting better, we still have an awesome core group of guys in here and young group with more experience now. We have to have the expectation to get in the playoffs and get past the first round. It's time. Last year everybody counted us out and we did make the playoffs, but it wasn't good enough. We were disappointed last year with the way it ended. Any time you get in the playoffs and don't win the Stanley Cup it's a disappointment. So we have to get ready to go and everybody knows that in here.

Forward JP Dumont
"We had a lot of skating today, compared to the past two years here. We did a lot of skating at the end and stuff like that. We know that Detroit was one of the best defensive teams and they won the Stanley Cup and that would create a lot of offense for them. That's something that we're going to try to do. Go up and down the ice; be a unit of five all the time, offense and defense. To do that we have to skate a lot."

On taking more of a leadership role this season...
"Last year I think everybody had to step up the leadership and take a big part of that. I want to do even better this year. As a hockey player you want to get better every year and that's one of my goals. As a team, we have a lot of guys with long-term contracts and we definitely want to have an excellent season, help the team win, show that they made the right decisions. We definitely need a better start to the season."

On training camp invitee Michael Ryan...
"He has a lot of energy and a very fast skater. He will definitely bring a lot of speed and character to this team."

Defenseman Ryan Suter
"It felt good. All of the build up. All summer long you work hard and then the testing yesterday. It's good to have that out of the way and get out there with the guys. Actual practice feels good."

On the physical play during drills in the morning session...
"I thought it was guys just getting comfortable. All summer long you don't really hit, so when you get out there it's nice to be able to bump and get used to the contact some."

Goaltender Chet Pickard
On his first day at an NHL Training Camp...
"It was intense. I didn't really know what to expect, how hard the guys can shoot and things like that. The tempo in practice is a lot higher than back in Junior. Everybody's a good passer, so quick on the tape. I have to be a lot quicker at this level than I'm used to a Junior. But it was fun. It was good to be out there and seeing what it's like. It's exciting."

On the Canadian Junior Development Camp earlier this summer...
"It was fun. It was the first time I got to see some of those guys, the highly touted guys like John Tavares, Kyle Turris, Drew Doughty. It was one of the first times I got to play with all of those guys. It was a quick camp, pretty intense with all those scrimmages. But it was a good experience. It was a try-out so it was pretty intense."

On being the only guy from the Preds 2008 Draft Class in this year's training camp...
"I didn't realize that until last night when my dad told me that. It's exciting being at camp. It's a dream come true going through my first training camp. I'm really excited to be here. All the veterans have been great guys and I'm just exciting to keep it going."

On being re-united with Goaltender Coach Mitch Korn...
"It was good. He put us through the works pretty good today. It's good working with a guy as high a class as Mitch is. Every time I go out on the ice with him I learn something more and that the biggest part of my game and going through this training camp."

Today's Rosters:
Team Blue Team Silver
 Goalies
 Dekanich MacIntyre
 Ellis Pickard
 Smith Rinne
 Defensemen
 Ford Blum 
 Klein deVries
 Matheson Dietrich
 Sulzer Franson 
 Suter Hamhuis 
 Weber Koistinen 
 Zanon Laakso
 Forwards
 Bonk Arnott
 Dumont Buck
 Gratton Erat
 Hornqvist Fiddler 
 Jones Grant
 Legwand Maki
 McKenzie Nichol
 Peverley Peters
 Pihlstrom Ma. Santorelli
 M. Ryan Spaling
 Mi. Santorelli Thuresson
 Smithson Tootoo
 Ward Werner
  K. Wilson



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