Drills Get Heated on Second Day of Camp

Monday, 09.14.2009 / 5:01 PM CT / Training Camp Central
By Jena Smith  - NashvillePredators.com
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Drills Get Heated on Second Day of Camp
The Predators have wrapped up day two of on ice practice. With the rookies took off to Atlanta for their two-game tournament against the Thrashers rookies, training camp was split into two sessions for the veterans. Both the morning and afternoon session was full of fast action drills preparing the guys for another competitive season.

Many of the players after practice commented on the importance of these drills to help get them back into ready to play shape.

Ryan Suter talked about how the timing is starting to come back for all the guys as the practice sessions are getting more physical.

Dan Ellis, who was in net for the morning session, recognized the difference between working out and playing with friends over the summer and hitting the ice with the team. He went on to say that the heighten intensity will really help out in the next few days of training camp as they prepare for the season and exhibition games that are to be played later this week.

Head Coach Berry Trotz went on to reinforce this by stating, “Right now we want to get some fundamentals as far as structure; we want to get foundation on some of our offensive and defensive principles.”

The afternoon session seemed to have a little more drive and fire on the ice; before the half way mark was met, the gloves were thrown – the first fight of Training Camp as Hugh Jessiman squared off against Nolan Yonkman. After a short go around between the players the focus was put right back into the drills. Nonetheless it was quite obvious that this group was much more physical and aggressive than the morning session.

Trotz felt that the aggression was good to see from the players and said it showed the desire to be on the ice. He went on to add, “They will separate their selves. My job is not to the separate them, they separate their selves. You have to evaluate them you don’t have to validate them. They validate themselves by their play and how they produce”

The rookies will play in their first rookie game of the season tonight at 6pm against the Atlanta Thrashers at Duluth IceForum in Duluth, Georgia. Although the players at camp are not too concerned about this game, defensemen Shea Weber commented that the rookies are an important part of the team and they will look to the coaches for updates on how they do.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
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11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61