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Day 1 at Preds Training Camp

Sunday, 09.13.2009 / 2:22 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Day 1 at Preds Training Camp
The Predators took to the ice for the first time at Training Camp on Sunday. The team was split into three sessions with the veterans practicing in the first two groups and the rookie team (the group that will play in Monday and Tuesday night's rookie games at Atlanta) skating in the third group.

It was a relatively quiet practice day with sessions consisting entirely of drills. Dan Ellis made the save of the day with a sprawling stop on Cal O'Reilly in the second session.

Milwaukee Admirals Head Coach Lane Lambert -- the coach of the rookie team on Monday and Tuesday -- talked about the importance of the rookie games tomorrow and Tuesday. He mentioned the opportunity available to the rookies to showcase their skills and make a case to get an extended look in the Preds Training Camp, noting that individual player performance will probably be more important to the scouts than the final scores. With Jonathon Blum, Ryan Ellis, Chet Pickard, and Colin Wilson, the Preds will have their last four First Round picks at the rookie games.

Both goaltenders, Chet Pickard and Jeremy Smith, will play parts of both games.

Nick Spaling will serve as the Captain for the rookie squad. Spaling impressed Lambert with his play in Milwaukee last season and he'll look for Spaling to provide leadership to the new members of the organization.

"He's certainly a guy we will be looking to lean on for his experience," Lambert said of Spaling. "He had a tremendous year in Milwaukee last season. He's a very responsible guy, a hard working guy, and I expect him to lead by example."

Barry Trotz reiterated Lambert's message and mentioned he was interested to see how the Preds top prospects matched up against Atlanta's best prospects.

"We like to build from within, so there's a pride factor there for the organization with these rookie games," Trotz said. "I want to find out who is deserving of staying in Camp a little longer and getting a chance to compete against the big boys."

Belak Shows Versatility
Wade Belak spent the day practicing with the defensemen. Coach Trotz said that Belak will likely practice at both forward and defense throughout Training Camp, mentioning that Belak's versatility could be useful for the team down the line this season. Belak was orginially drafted as a defenseman, but has spent the majority of his NHL career skating as a forward. Belak said it's been around two years since he's played defense in an NHL game, but didn't seem concerned about flipping between the two positions.

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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

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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