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Paul Fenton
Assistant General Manager

Now in his 17th season with the Predators, and his ninth as the club’s assistant general manager, Paul Fenton has been instrumental in bringing in many of Nashville’s core players through the draft, trades and free-agent signings.

After serving as the director of player personnel for the Predators’ first eight seasons, Fenton was promoted to assistant general manager on June 5, 2006, where he oversees the Predators’ amateur player development, manages the team’s professional and amateur scouting staff and advises President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile on player personnel decisions. He has assisted in player acquisitions since joining the Predators and managed the club’s Entry Draft efforts from 2003 (when the team selected Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Kevin Klein and Alexander Sulzer) until 2008 when he passed the torch to Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty.

Of the 34 players the Predators used in 2013-14, 18 of them were drafted and developed by the team – including 10 of the team’s top 12 point getters for the second consecutive season – while four more were acquired by Nashville before making their NHL debut, meaning 22 of 34 players used were “homegrown.”

Fenton also serves as general manager of the Predators’ primary developmental affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, who made their AHL-record 12th consecutive playoff appearance in 2014 and finished with more than 90 points for the ninth time in 11 seasons despite a youthful roster that contained only six players over the age of 25. The Admirals extended their playoff streak thanks to a 16-5-1 record in their final 22 games. Milwaukee has won four division titles in the past 11 seasons, and became the first team in AHL history to post 40-or-more wins and 90-or-more points in eight consecutive seasons from 2002-03 to 2010-11. Fenton also served as Associate GM for Team USA at the 2011 World Championships.

The Springfield, Mass., native joined the Predators after spending five seasons in the Anaheim Ducks’ hockey operations department.  He served as a scout during his first three seasons with the Ducks and as the chief professional scout the last two years.  A number of players drafted during Fenton’s run with the Ducks – such as Paul Kariya, Steve Rucchin, Ruslan Salei and Mike LeClerc – led Anaheim to the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals  Fenton also helped facilitate one of the Anaheim franchise’s largest trades, the February 1996 acquisition of Teemu Selanne.

Fenton played eight seasons in the NHL before joining the scouting ranks.  He amassed 100 goals and 83 assists in 411 NHL contests while playing for seven different NHL teams, including San Jose during the Sharks' inaugural season (1991-92).  In 1989-90, the former Boston University Terrier scored an NHL career-high 32 goals for the Winnipeg Jets, and his playing resume also includes three selections to AHL and IHL All-Star teams. 

Paul and his wife, Nona, reside in Brentwood. They have two sons, P.J., who plays for EV Landshut in Germany’s second league, and Owen, a doctoral student in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  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
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

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