Training Camp Update: Sept 26

Friday, 09.26.2008 / 4:01 PM / Training Camp Central
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Preseason Schedule:
September 25 vs. Atlanta (L, 2-4)
September 26 at Columbus
September 27 vs. Columbus
October 2 vs. Carolina
October 3 at Atlanta
October 5 at Carolina

With a preseason game tonight at Columbus, the team was again split into two sessions, a pre-game morning skate for the group dressing tonight and full practice session for the remainder of the players.

Most of the practice was spent on 2-on-1 drills and 1-on-1 drills early in the session and then five-man breakout drills later in the practice.

Jason Arnott, who hadn't skated long the last few days, participated in the full practice today, paired on a line with Hornqvist and Dumont.

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Head Coach Barry Trotz
On Kevin Klein...
"I was happy with Kleiner last night. What I wanted was for Kleiner to try to not blend in, to step up and last night and than in the games steps up. That what you find; that's why you need to play the games. You scrimmage and you practice and everybody sort of looks the same and there's not much separation. But the game's really separate the men from the boys. The speed of the game, the decision making, all that. That's why early in camp some of the veterans look like they're not that much farther ahead than the younger guys, but as you get further along and that much closer to Opening Night, the gap widens and it's easy to tell who is ready and who is not."

On whether any of the young players have earned extra game time...
"Yeah, some guys have. There are some guys that you're going, 'Hmm, should I put him in another game or is that enough.' Those are the decisions you have to make."

"Based on the two rookie games, Jones and Mike Santorelli, that's a big reason they were in. Thuresson, Sulzer, Blum deserved a game. Having the two rookie games is good. We only have six exhibition games, but we only really have three to work with, because really after this weekend we have to start getting down to our numbers. So from that standpoint the Rookie Games are really helpful. For most guys you have two or three views of our young guys and then you have to sort of go to work and put the team together."

On Rich Peverley's play in the preseason opener...
"I thought Richy playing center, he skated really well, he was dangerous offensively. He did a really good job. I think Richy is a guy I have a lot of comfort with because he's been up a few times. I played him with high skilled guys because he is a high skilled guy. He played pretty well last night."

On playing Peverley at center or at wing...
"That's the thing with Pevs, is he can play center or wing. And we have to make that decision and it will sort itself out on the roster a little bit. But by Rich being able to play multiple positions it really gives us a lot of flexibility and it also enhances his chances of playing at a higher role or different roles, just because of that."

On Patric Hornqvist's play in the preseason opener...
"I like Patric. I think he has great instincts. He works to get open. He's one of those guys who goes to the hard areas. I think if you watch him, he has a lot of detail to his game. He has a very good pro game and a good understanding of how to play the game."

Forward JP Dumont
On Rich Peverley...
"We all know what Rich can do from last year. He's got a lot of skill and a good shot. Right now he knows there are a few open spots and a lot of guys battling for those spots and he's in the middle of that. He came to Training Camp ready and has worked hard. He's putting a lot of good things on his side."

On the differences between Peverley's game this year and last year...
"He's more confident. Last year when he came up he played some big games for us. He scored some big goals. He was one of the guys who was more of a fill-in last year, but this year he looks like he came to camp and didn't want to be a fill-in but one of the regulars, in the full line-up right away."

On Patric Hornqvist...
"We all knew he had a lot of skills, but he's so strong on the puck. He doesn't look like he's a big guy, but he's really strong and has really good vision. He's a smart player out there. He has all the tools and he has a great attitude, too, so he has everything you need for a young player to succeed in the NHL. Everytime he jumps out on the ice he wants to get better and he wants to learn stuff."

Forward Patric Hornqvist
On last night's preseason game...
"I think I played OK last night. There were a couple of good things. I had lots of scoring chances, but didn't score, so hopefull that's coming. I think we played OK. We know we can play better."

On playing with Dumont...
"He likes to have the puck on offensive and I like to be in the slot, so I try to get the puck out of the corner and then get to the front of the net.

On showing a bit of a physical side in training camp...
"Yeah, that's how I try to play. I try to hit some. I like to go hard to the net, hit somebody. That's my kind of game."

On adjusting to the pace on the smaller NHL ice surface...
"No that's not an issue. I've practiced here for three weeks now, so that's good enough."

Forward Joel Ward
On last night's game...
"It's a good feeling when you get called to play in an exhibition game or any game to be honest with you. Yesterday was a lot of penalties, so it kind of took a lot of the flow out the game, but we battled and we just came up a little short in the end."

On adjusting to a new organization...
"It's been really welcoming, really friendly. All of the guys have been really great to me. Even the coaching staff have approached me and talked to me, just talked to me, everyday talk, so I thought that was cool. Each day that goes by I'm feeling more and more welcome. I'm just trying to get a position on this team and stick. That's all I'm trying to do; just keep working hard and pay attention to details and hope things will work out."

On playing in back-to-back games to start the exhibition schedule...
"I'm looking forward to it. It should be exciting. I've been playing in the American League the past few years, so the travel there has been pretty hectic, too. So this back-to-back shouldn't be too bad. I'm just looking for a positive outlook and hope things work out."

On whether last season helped his confidence heading into this season...
"A little bit. I know I'm not really considered a goal scorer, even though I was up there on my team last year in goal, but my goals are pretty simple -- in front of the net or whack in rebounds or even back-door. Those are the type of goals I've been known to score. I'm hoping I can just chip in there with similar plays and help my linemates. Just making plays is the main thing for me."

Forward Cal O'Reilly
On his first few days of on-ice practices...
For not doing anything for a week, I don't fee too bad; timing and hands and legs a little bit, need to find them. I don't feel too far behind."

On having to watch the first week of practice...
"It was tough. Especially injuring myself the first day I actually got into Nashville. But there was nothing I can do about it. I had to rest it. Now I'm real keen to get out there and show my stuff."

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