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Preds Prospects Rank High In The Hockey News 2010 Future Watch

Tuesday, 03.16.2010 / 1:56 AM CT / Features
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Preds Prospects Rank High In The Hockey News 2010 Future Watch
The Preds placed three prospects among the top-50 in the annual The Hockey News Future Watch, which hit news stands this week, paced by Colin Wilson at No. 8 on the list. Only one team had more prospects in the top-50 than Nashville, the Phoenix Coyotes with four -- however the Coyotes failed to place a prospect in the top-10.

Ryan Ellis, Nashville's first round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, ranked No. 19 on the list (the seventh highest ranked defenseman), and Chet Pickard, the No. 18 overall selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, ranked No. 26 on the list (the fourth highest ranked goaltender).

The Preds young players and prospects (a compilation of the organization's top-10 prospects and 21-and-under NHLers) earned a "B" grade, same as last season. Only eight teams recieved grades higher than a "B." Additionally, Nashville scored a "+6" in the publication’s leveling system (a comparison of team prospect ranking to the team’s average draft position over the past four drafts), which is the fifth best score in the league.

Defensemen Jonathon Blum and Roman Josi were listed as the organization's fourth and fifth best prospects, respectively, followed by forward Zach Budish, forward Taylor Beck, forward Nick Spaling, defenseman Teemu Laakso, and forward Andreas Thuresson. Laakso, Spaling, and Thuresson each saw time in the NHL with the Preds this season.

Due to the organization's prospect depth, forwards Gabriel Bourque, a key member of Team Canada's World Junior Championship team, Michael Latta, among the Ontario Hockey League's top-25 in goals, points, and penalty minutes, and Blake Geoffrion, a top candidate for the Hobey Baker Award (given to the top NCAA player), were unable to crack the Preds top-10 prospect list, along with defensemen Mattias Ekholm, a member of Team Sweden's bronze medal winning World Junior squad, and Charles-Olivier Roussel, a second-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft who is expected to be a member of Team Canada's World Junior squad next season.
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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

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 7 2 3 -2 5
C. Wilson 7 2 3 2 5
J. Neal 7 2 1 0 3
R. Johansen 7 1 2 1 3
F. Forsberg 7 1 2 -2 3
R. Josi 7 0 3 -1 3
M. Ekholm 7 2 0 1 2
C. Smith 5 1 1 3 2
R. Ellis 7 0 2 1 2
M. Salomaki 7 1 0 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 4 3 0 .915 2.45