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Preds Development Camp Opens July 6

Thursday, 07.01.2010 / 11:14 AM / News
By Press Release  - Nashville Predators
-All 11 of the club’s first and second round selections since 2006 to be in attendance-

Nashville, Tenn. (July 1, 2010) – The Nashville Predators will have many of their top prospects in town next week when they officially open their 2010 Developmental Camp on Tuesday, July 6 at Centennial Sportsplex at 7 a.m. with fitness testing. Players will be available to the media on Tuesday between 10 a.m. - Noon at the Sportsplex as they work through testing stations. The camp continues through Sunday, July 11 with the first of four on-ice sessions coming at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7.

The purpose of the camp is to educate and direct players in their pro development and conditioning programs, and the week’s events will be presided over by the Predators coaching staff. Strength and Conditioning Coach David Good will lead the scheduled training regimen, which includes a variety of dry-land activities and workouts, on-ice fundamentals work, off-ice testing and team-building activities. The players will also receive instruction on training principles such as sport-specific power and strength enhancement, flexibility and off-ice conditioning.

Coaches and members of the Predators’ player development/scouting staff will be assisted by Director of Player Development Martin Gelinas, Milwaukee Admirals (AHL affiliate) head coach Lane Lambert and assistant coach Ian Herbers.

Each of the club’s first or second-round selections from the past five drafts will be in attendance, including 2010 first-rounder Austin Watson and four of the other five prospects selected in last weekend’s draft.

All on-ice workouts at Centennial Sportsplex are open to the public. On-ice sessions are currently scheduled for:
Wednesday July 7 10 am - Noon
Thursday July 8 10 am - Noon
Saturday July 10 10:45 am - 12:45 pm
Sunday July 11 2 - 4 pm

The preliminary roster of attending players is below and a development camp schedule is attached. Please note that players will be available for interviews after the events/activities take place; please contact the Nashville Predators Communications Department for more information on specific events/activities. Both the schedule and roster are subject to change.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2010 DEVELOPMENT CAMP ROSTER
Ht
Wt
Place of Birth
DOB
2009-10 Team
6-2
205
St. Catharines, Ont.
5/13/91
Guelph (OHL)
5-9
185
Rimouski, Que.
9/23/90
Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)/Moncton (QMJHL)
6-3
223
Edina, Minn.
5/9/91
U. of Minnesota (WCHA)
5-11
172
Huddinge, Sweden
7/27/91
Djurgarden (Sweden)/Djurgarden Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
6-0
185
Landshut, Germany
3/22/92
Landshut (Germany-2)/Landshut Jr. (Germany-Jr.)
6-2
216
St. Paul, Minn.
3/22/88
U. of Minnesota (WCHA)/Milwaukee (AHL)
Blake Geoffrion
6-1
192
Plantation, Fla.
2/3/88
U. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
5-11
185
Toronto, Ont.
6/1/88
New Jersey (NHL)/Lowell (AHL)
5-8
176
Stockholm, Sweden
2/19/86
Sodertalje (Sweden)
6-1
184
Helsinki, Finland
6/16/90
Espoo (Finland)/Espoo Jr. (Fin-Jr.)
5-11
207
Kitchener, Ont.
5/25/91
Guelph (OHL)
Ian McKenzie
6-5
235
Weyburn, Sask.
5/23/87
Milwaukee (AHL)/Cincinnati (ECHL)
6-3
205
Grand Forks, N.D.
5/4/91
Fargo (USHL)
5-11
168
Savonlinna, Finland
3/24/90
Ilves (Finland)/Ilves Jr. (Finland Jr.)
6-2
187
Delta, B.C.
8/25/91
Westside (BCHL)
5-11
190
Detroit, Mich.
10/16/88
U. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
Mark Santorelli
6-1
188
Burnaby, B.C.
8/6/88
Milwaukee (AHL)
6-1
189
Madison, Wis.
9/5/89
U. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
6-1
196
Palmerston, Ont.
9/19/88
Milwaukee (AHL)/Nashville (NHL)
Taylor Stefishen
5-11
191
North Vancouver, B.C.
8/15/90
Ohio State University (CCHA)
5-11
189
Chicago, Ill.
5/11/87
U. of Notre Dame (CCHA)/Milwaukee (AHL)
6-3
185
Ann Arbor, Mich.
1/13/92
Windsor (OHL)/Peterborough (OHL)
6-1
214
Greenwich, Conn.
10/20/89
Milwaukee (AHL)/Nashville (NHL)
 
 
 
 
 
 
DEFENSE
Ht
Wt
Place of Birth
DOB
2009-10 Team
6-0
196
Placentia, Calif.
12/30/91
Portland (WHL)
6-1
210
Island Park, N.Y.
7/15/90
Indiana (USHL)
6-1
178
Long Beach, Calif.
1/30/89
Milwaukee (AHL)
6-4
196
Borlange, Sweden
5/24/90
Mora (Sweden-2)
5-9
172
Hamilton, Ont.
1/3/91
Windsor (OHL)
Jeffrey Foss
6-2
205
Fargo, N.D.
12/12/88
R.P.I. (ECAC)
6-1
198
Bern, Switzerland
6/1/90
Bern (Switzerland)
6-1
201
St. Eustache, Que.
9/13/91
Shawinigan (QMJHL)
 
 
 
 
 
 
GOALTENDER
Ht
Wt
Place of Birth
DOB
2009-10 Team
6-1
184
Rauma, Finland
2/19/88
TPS Turku (Finland)
6-6
205
Gavle, Sweden
5/3/88
Timra (Sweden)
6-2
213
Moncton, N.B.
11/29/89
Milwaukee (AHL)
6-0
171
Dearborn, Mich.
4/13/89
Cincinnati (ECHL)/Milwaukee (AHL)

Prospect Notes
- All but three camp attendees were drafted by Nashville – Linus Klasen and Ian McKenzie were signed as free agents, and Matt Halischuk was acquired via trade. Of the 32 draftees, five were first-rounders (Watson, Ellis, Wilson, Blum, Pickard), six came from the second round (Budish, Geoffrion, Spaling, Josi, Jeremy Smith, Roussel), four were third-rounders (Aronson, Beck, Latta, Thang), five were fourth-rounders (Craig Smith, Ekholm, Oliver, Ryan, Santorelli), three were fifth-rounders (Bourque, Cehlin & Stefishen), three were sixth-rounders (Bitetto, Flynn, Foss), and six were seventh-rounders (Rask, Reid, Elsner, Lajunen, Engren, Lindback).

- The Camp includes 14 players who have participated in the World Junior Championships a combined 23 times. Roman Josi (2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007) has played in a team-high four WJC’s for the Swiss, while Blake Geoffrion (United States, 2007 & 2008), Jonathon Blum (United States, 2009 & 2008), Colin Wilson (United States, 2009 & 2008), Jani Lajunen (Finland, 2010 & 2009), Joonas Rask (Finland, 2010 & 2009) and Ryan Ellis (Canada, 2010 & 2009) have each appeared in the tournament twice. Six other gained the experience one time each: Gabriel Bourque (Canada, 2010), Mattias Ekholm (Sweden, 2010), Chet Pickard (Canada, 2009), Ryan Flynn (United States, 2008), Jeremy Smith (United States, 2008), Matt Halischuk (Canada, 2008) and Atte Engren (Finland, 2006). Four prospects will attend their respective nations’ WJC Development Camp this summer: Zach Budish (United States), Austin Watson (United States), Ryan Ellis (Canada) and Charles-Olivier Roussel (Canada).

- The Camp will be a reunion of sorts for Nick Spaling and Matt Halischuk. The duo played on a line (along with Justin Azevedo) with the 2007-08 Kitchener Rangers squad that won the OHL title and advanced to the 2008 Memorial Cup Finals. Other tandems who have played together in the last couple seasons (outside of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals) were Craig Smith and Geoffrion at the University of Wisconsin, Flynn and Budish at the University of Minnesota, Ryan and Thang at the University of Notre Dame, and Taylor Beck and Michael Latta with the OHL’s Guelph Storm. Ellis and Watson won a Memorial Cup together with Windsor in 2009, and were teammates last season until Watson was traded to Peterborough in January.

- Family connections: Besides having a grandfather and great grandfather in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and a father who was a former NHLer, Geoffrion’s two younger brothers, Brice and Sebastien, play for the University of Alabama-Huntsville. In 2008-09, Sebastien and Anthony Bitteto played together on the USHL’s Indiana Ice… Joonas Rask’s older brother, Tuuka, led the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage with the Boston Bruins in 2009-10… Chet Pickard’s younger brother, Calvin, was selected 37th overall in the 2010 Draft by Colorado… Mark Santorelli’s older brother, Mike, is also a Predators prospect, and led Milwaukee in points and goals last season… Jani Lajunen has been teammates with his older brother, Ville, in the Espoo Blues organization for the past three seasons.

- Making the Jump: Three prospects are expected to play their first seasons in North America in 2010-11 (Klasen & Lindback from Sweden and Josi from Switzerland), while four others will be rookie pros after playing juniors/college hockey a season ago (Flynn, Geoffrion & Thang from the NCAA and Bourque from major junior).

- Average height/weight: 6-0/195 pounds

- Breakdown by birthplace:
United States: 14 (Michigan – 3, California, Minnesota, North Dakota – 2, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New York, Wisconsin – 1)
Canada: 12 (Ontario – 5, British Columbia – 3, Quebec – 2, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick – 1)
Sweden: 3
Finland: 2
Germany & Switzerland: 1

- Breakdown by 2009-10 league:
NCAA: 8 (WCHA – 4, CCHA – 3, ECAC – 1)
American Hockey League/National Hockey League: 6
Ontario Hockey League & Swedish Leagues: 4
Finnish Leagues: 3
ECHL, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, United States Hockey League: 2
British Columbia Hockey League, Western Hockey League, Germany, Switzerland: 1
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