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Jeff Kealty
Chief Amateur Scout

Jeff Kealty enters his ninth season as the Nashville Predators Chief Amateur Scout and 15th campaign with the organization in 2015-16. While his primary responsibility is monitoring the best draft-eligible talent around the globe and spearheading the team’s annual efforts at the NHL Entry Draft, Kealty also keeps an eye on the development of prospects in the CHL, NCAA and other junior leagues across North America and Europe.

The Boston native has overseen Nashville’s past seven drafts, helping to bolster the club’s depth across the board, selecting 37 forwards, 18 defensemen and eight goalies since his first year running Nashville’s draft table in 2008.

Nashville continued to reap the benefits of Kealty and his staff’s astute drafting in 2014-15. Of the seven 2014 draftees to appear in the NHL last season, Nashville had two of them – Kevin Fiala – the 11th overall selection who also dressed for a 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff game – and Viktor Arvidsson – selected 112th overall. Seth Jones, selected fourth overall in 2013, has played more games than any other player from his draft class, while Filip Forsberg – who led the Preds in points in 2014-15 and is an emerging superstar for the club – was ranked third by Nashville’s scouting staff for the 2012 Entry Draft, an integral component in his acquisition from Washington.

Other homegrown selections selected early in the Kealty era such as Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Craig Smith, Colin Wilson and Gabriel Bourque have developed into core pieces of the Predators. Further down the organizational depth chart, Nashville is bullish on the development of Colton Sissons, Marek Mazanec, Miikka Salomaki, Anthony Bitetto and Austin Watson – all of whom have made their NHL debuts – as well as goaltender Juuse Saros and power forward Vladislav Kamenev, who are expected to play their rookie AHL seasons in 2015-16, and 2012 third rounder and rising Harvard senior Jimmy Vesey, a 2015 Hobey Baker Finalist.

A former first-round pick (22nd overall) of the Quebec Nordiques in 1994, Kealty was signed by Nashville as a free agent in 1998 following a four-year college career at Boston University.  The former defenseman played one pro season for the Milwaukee Admirals (International Hockey League) before his playing career was cut short due to injury.
 
Kealty, his wife Lynn, daughter Lydia and son James (twins), and daughter Hannah reside in Norfolk, Mass.



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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

STATS

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