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Preds Acquire Nick Tarnasky From Tampa Bay For Conditional '09 Draft Pick

Monday, 09.29.2008 / 5:38 PM / Features
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Preds Acquire Nick Tarnasky From Tampa Bay For Conditional \'09 Draft Pick
Nashville, Tenn. (September 29, 2008) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired forward Nick Tarnasky from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a conditional selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The pick sent to the Lightning is Nashville’s sixth-round choice, unless Tarnasky plays more than 55 NHL games in 2008-09, in which case it turns into a fifth-round selection.

Tarnasky, 23 (11/24/84), has played 169 National Hockey League games with the Lightning since 2005-06, amassing 20 points (11g-9a) and 162 penalty minutes. He attained career highs in games played (80), goals (6) and points (10) in 2007-08, in addition to tying a career best for assists (4). A native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, the 6-2, 224-pound center also played six playoff games for Tampa Bay in 2007. He was originally Tampa’s eighth selection (ninth round, 287th overall) in the 2003 Entry Draft held in Nashville.

Nashville now has 12 picks in next summer’s 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, including a first rounder, two second rounders, two third rounders, three fourth rounders, two fifth rounders and two seventh rounders.

The Book On Tarnasky
At 6'2, 224-pounds, Tarnasky brings an element of size to the Preds forwards with a little bit of versatility. He's primarily a winger, but can slide into the center slot if need be. He's a checking line type of player; ranked second among Lightning forwards in hits last season (119) and tied for third among team forwards in blocked shots (45). At the same time, he has scored 6 and 5 goals the past two seasons, so he can chip in with some offense from lower in the line-up. He's already proven he can skate a regular shift (averaged 8:15 of ice time in 80 appearances last season, up from the 6:29 a game he averaged in 77 games the season prior), plus at age 23, he's still developing as an all-around player. He's not afraid to protect his teammates either, as evidenced by his 18 major penalties the past two seasons.

Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1999-2000 Leduc  AMBHL   36 21 11 32   59          
2000-2001 Leduc  AMHL   35 39 29 68   95          
2001-2002 Drayton Valley  AJHL   20 7 4 11   10          
2001-2002 Vancouver Giants  WHL   10 1 0 1 -1 5 0 0 0    
2002-2003 Kelowna Rockets  WHL   39 4 12 16 -5 39 2 0      
2002-2003 Lethbridge Hurricanes  WHL   30 5 8 13 -4 45 1 0      
2003-2004 Lethbridge Hurricanes  WHL   71 26 23 49 -10 108 7 0      
2004-2005 Springfield Falcons  AHL   80 7 10 17 -29 176 2 0 0    
2005-2006 Lightning   12 0 1 1 -3 4 0 0 0 9 0.0
2005-2006 Springfield Falcons  AHL   68 14 9 23 -8 100 3 0 2    
2006-2007 Lightning   77 5 4 9 -6 80 0 0 1 41 12.2
2007-2008 Lightning   80 6 4 10 -15 78 1 0 1 91 6.6
NHL Totals:   169 11 9 20 -24 162 1 0 2 141 7.8
 
Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2005-2006 Springfield Falcons  AHL                        
2006-2007 Lightning   6 0 0 0 -1 10 0 0 0 3 0.0
NHL Totals:   6 0 0 0 -1 10 0 0 0 3 0.0
 

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