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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 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
8 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 52 10 27 -4 37
S. Weber 52 13 20 -6 33
J. Neal 52 18 13 16 31
M. Ribeiro 52 6 25 1 31
F. Forsberg 52 14 16 -9 30
M. Ekholm 52 6 16 1 22
R. Ellis 51 6 15 0 21
C. Smith 52 11 6 -1 17
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
C. Jarnkrok 51 8 7 -3 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 19 17 7 .903 2.51
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36