3:44 AM EDT, Tue June 28, 2016
On the Forecheck Jun 25, 2016

With the 108th Overall Pick, the Nashville Predators have Selected Hardy Aktell

Nashville goes a little off the board with defenseman Hardy Aktell out of Skelleftea's J18 team. Starting to get into the quality names part of the draft. Alfons Malmstrom and Hardy Haman Aktell go back to back. Strong showing. — Mike Halford (@HalfordPHT) June 25, 2016 At 6'3" and 198 lbs., Hardy Aktell is a sizeable defenseman out of Skelleftea's U18 team. Aktell was ranked 60th on Central Scouting's European Skater ranking and you have to believe this was one of those Pekka Rinne/Patric Hornqvist type picks. In other words, a Predators scout saw him at a practice or game and told...
On the Forecheck Jun 13, 2016

Marek Mazanec re-signed for another year

The young Czech has accepted a two-way deal, and he may finally get his shot in Nashville. But it doesn't completely resolve the Carter Hutton situation. The big fellow from Pisek, Czech Republic signed his name on the line for David Poile and will play a part in the Preds' goaltending situation for a while longer. Marek Mazanec, the 24 year-old who has spent the majority of his time in Milwaukee and split time last year with Juuse Saros, will likely be the understudy to Pekka Rinne next year. The term: 1 year, two-way contract paying $575,000 at the NHL level. Here's the release from 501...

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