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10th Anniv.: Developing home-grown talent

Thursday, 11.8.2007 / 3:24 PM CT / 10th Anniversary
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10th Anniv.: Developing home-grown talent
Since Day 1, Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile has emphasized the importance of building through the draft, and continues to practice what he preaches 10 years later.

The success in drafting and developing talent in house is evident as one scans this season’s roster, as eight players were originally drafted by the franchise – from David Legwand, the franchise’s first-ever selection, to Alexander Radulov, who joined the organization three summers ago.

Other mainstays on the Preds roster include first round picks Dan Hamhuis (2001) and Ryan Suter (2003), in addition to second rounders Kevin Klein and Shea Weber (2003) and later round selections Jordin Tootoo (2001) and Martin Erat (1999). Many others wait in the wings.

Even more emphasis has been put on developing homegrown talent since the implementation of the salary cap prior to the 2005-06 season, putting the pressure on for scouts and team personnel at the draft table each June.  The due diligence by the Nashville decision-makers in this process was on display a mere two months ago at 2007 Preds Training Camp. Out of the 52 players under contract or in the organization attending camp, 17 were picked by Nashville in the third round or lower, and nine more came in the first two rounds. All but five of this group are under contract and playing for the Preds, or their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee in 2007-08.

“It is all about having confidence in your regional scouts, and having faith that they have discovered some guys that they really think have a special quality to them,” assistant general manager Paul Fenton said. “We rely on the scouts to tell us about these guys from the beginning of the year to present, and evaluate them. Then, we weigh everything we are given, put it into order, with everyone having input, and we make our decision from there.”
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 53 10 27 -2 37
S. Weber 53 14 21 -4 35
F. Forsberg 53 15 18 -6 33
M. Ribeiro 53 6 27 3 33
J. Neal 53 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 53 6 16 3 22
R. Ellis 52 6 15 2 21
C. Smith 53 11 6 -1 17
C. Jarnkrok 52 9 7 0 16
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 17 7 .904 2.50
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36