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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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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33