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2018-2019 Player Report Cards: Frédérick Gaudreau

2018-2019 Player Report Cards: Frédérick Gaudreau

Freddy Hockey finally got the chance his fans had been hoping for—but did he do enough in his 55 games to prove he belongs? We all remember the Cinderella story from the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs - not the Cinderella story of the entire team, which was of course important - but of Freddy Gaudreau being called up in the biggest games in franchise history, not even getting his own locker. Gaudreau made his debut during the Western Conference Final, but it was during the Pittsburgh series where he made his mark, becoming the first player since 1944 to score his first three career goals in...
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Friday’s Dump & Chase: A Much-Needed Friday

Friday’s Dump & Chase: A Much-Needed Friday

For me, Friday is the end of the week...I’m glad this one’s almost over. Nashville Predators News Predators to Host 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase at Ford Ice Center AntiochIf you're local, check out this article to see when and where to get a glimpse of the rookies. 2018-2019 Nashville Predators Player Reviews: Filip Forsberg - On the ForecheckNick takes a look at Filip Forsberg's campaign from last season. Around Hockey Report: Vancouver Canucks F Brock Boeser eyeing four-year, $28M deal - TSN.caNow that some numbers are starting to surface, does this seem like a good move for...
Aug 22, 2019
2018-2019 Player Reviews: Filip Forsberg

2018-2019 Player Reviews: Filip Forsberg

Photo by Kevin Hoffman/ Gonna take our Fors to the Old Town Road Our little baby Scoresberg is growing up... *sniffs* He just turned 25, but it seems like #9 has been here for a decade now, hasn’t it? He’s fully transformed from up-and-coming prospect into the leader of the offense. The Preds’ best chance of scoring usually happens when he, Arvidsson, and Johansen are on the ice together. Which...I guess could either be a really good or really bad thing, depending on how you look at things. That being said, I can’t tell if this season was a step forward or backward from last...
Aug 22, 2019
Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Wild Times

Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Wild Times

Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via In which the Minnesota Wild replace Paul Fenton, Zach Werenski looks for a bridge deal, and a RFA actually signs a contract! Nashville Predators News & Notes New Scoreboard to Make Experience at Preds Games Bigger, Better Than Ever | Nashville PredatorsLARGE AND IN CHARGE. 2018-2019 Nashville Predators Player Reviews: Kevin Fiala | On the ForecheckICYMI: Some people are fans of Kevin Fiala. Kate is not one of those people. [Ed.: I’m not not a fan!] The Subban Effect | Hockey WildernessIn which the folks at Hockey Wilderness wonder how Minnesota stacks...
Aug 21, 2019
2018-2019 Player Reviews: Kevin Fiala

2018-2019 Player Reviews: Kevin Fiala

The curious case of Kevin Fiala plagued stats fans and Preds fans alike. Ah, Kevin Fiala: such incredible potential; such raw, promising talent wrapped in a compact bundle of good looks and alleged bad attitude; such a perennial disappointment to fans hoping that he’d already be the next Filip Forsberg or better. With two years of strong underlying metrics, and a 23-goal/48-point season in 2017-18—his first full year with the Predators—the 22-year-old Fiala seemed to be poised to take the next step this past season. He did not. The Report Card: Data:...
Aug 21, 2019
Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Meanwhile

Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Meanwhile

Photo by Marissa Baecker/ Finding new sports to care about until October should be a sport of its own. Hockey News & Rants 2018-2019 Nashville Predators Player Report Cards: Ryan Ellis | On the ForecheckWhile I wouldn’t say Ryan Ellis had a phenomenal season, I think he did pretty well for himself considering the previous season and injuries he was bouncing back from. For me Ellis has always been an under-the-radar powerhouse. I think he’s underestimated because of his size and I think he’s learned to use that to his advantage. With P.K. Subban gone, Ellis is going to have to...
Aug 20, 2019
2018-2019 Player Report Cards: Ryan Ellis

2018-2019 Player Report Cards: Ryan Ellis

What do they say about signing a big contract? | Photo by John Russell/NHLI via You know what the say about signing a big contract... This is my first report card of the grading period. Continuing the tradition of pointing out your potential biases, I will go ahead and point out that Ryan Ellis is my four-year-old son’s favorite hockey player/human. While this would normally mean I would have a hard time being objective, I often found myself on the receiving end of a barrage of “look what happens after you sign a big contract” comments and defending his performance this season....
Aug 20, 2019
Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Inching Closer

Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Inching Closer

Photo by DeAgostini/ Seriously—will it ever rain in Louisville again? We have a 55% chance to get 0.06 of an inch today. Help! Smashville News: It’s Nashville Predators Day at PHT | ProHockeyTalkSome commentary from outside the normal summer NHL.com channel. Additional articles were also posted the same day if this sparks any interest. 2018-2019 Nashville Predators Player Reviews: Dante Fabbro | On the Forecheck"The long-awaited defender finally got some NHL time this year." I'll tell you a secret. Bobby might be a little bit smitten with Dante Fabbro. A very thorough review of...
Aug 19, 2019
Hey ya!: Grading the Predators’ 2003 offseason

Hey ya!: Grading the Predators’ 2003 offseason

Photo by Frederick Breedon/ The best way to spread Christmas cheer... is having a really good draft Because nostalgia is the “it” thing right now, this summer, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the off-seasons from the Predators’ past. For this series, we’re only looking at moves made between the end of the season and the start of the regular season. We’ve made it to 2003, everyone! Nokia phones were all the rage, Elf and Finding Nemo became a regular part of our viewing pleasure, Andre 3000 wanted us to shake it like a Polaroid picture, and 50 Cent didn’t exactly care...
Aug 19, 2019
2018-2019 Player Reviews: Dante Fabbro

2018-2019 Player Reviews: Dante Fabbro

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports The long-awaited defender finally got some NHL time this year. At this time last year, Dante Fabbro was the highest rated defender in the Nashville Predators’ prospect pool. However, he still sat at 8th on the organizational depth chart, hidden away behind the likes of Yannick Weber, Matt Irwin, and Tony Bitetto. Returning to Boston University for another season of NCAA hockey, Fabbro continued to work on his craft and currently is slotted to play on the Predators’ second defensive pairing. Overall, how was Dante Fabbro’s 2018-19 season? To...
Aug 19, 2019
Filip Forsberg, Mattias Ekholm voice support for Damkronorna’s #ForFrämtiden movement

Filip Forsberg, Mattias Ekholm voice support for Damkronorna’s #ForFrämtiden movement

Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/ The Swedish women’s national team is boycotting the Five Nations Tournament until the Swedish Ice Hockey Association gets them better resources and funding. Over the last few days, information about a planned boycott by the Swedish women’s team—Damkronorna, or the Damkronor—has trickled across the internet. Our colleagues at The Ice Garden have a fantastic summary of how Team Sweden got to this place. In short, the Damkronor have been undersupplied, underdeveloped, and far beyond underpaid, and sometimes worse; they’re now striking,...
Aug 19, 2019
Monday’s Dump and Chase: Stay Classy

Monday’s Dump and Chase: Stay Classy

Hockey is getting closer, y'all! Around the League Laine 'prepared for anything,' says future with Jets uncertainSomeone offer sheet this guy. Rantanen 'not stressful' about lack of contract with AvalancheSomeone has to get signed at some point, right? Priskie agrees to two-year contract with HurricanesThe Hurricanes have picked up a free agent. #NHLTopPlayers: Top 20 DefensemenNashville captain Roman Josi appears on this list. Fiala waiting on Wild GM search to restart contract negotiationsOur friend Kevin Fiala is also waiting on a contract. Domi representing Canadiens at Montreal Pride...
Aug 18, 2019
Sunday's Dump and Chase: All I Need Is A Beat That's Super Bumpin'

Sunday's Dump and Chase: All I Need Is A Beat That's Super Bumpin'

And for you, you, you to back it up and Dougie Nashville Predators News and Notes 2018-2019 Nashville Predators Player Reviews: Mattias Ekholm - On the ForecheckMy special boy - so special, in fact, my dear friend forgot to include him in yesterday's D&C Top 10 of 2018-19: Johansen | NHL.comCheck out Ryan Johansen’s top 10 plays of the 2018-19 NHL season. OH TRUST ME, I WILL Other News and Notes For any awesome people interested: ️ @SloanSportsConf 2019 Face-off Talk: https://t.co/2NPDBmH2ym Sloan 2019 Face-off Paper: https://t.co/LvFlEh0Mpb NESSIS 2019 Shootout Abstract:...
Aug 17, 2019
Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Time Is On Our Side

Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Time Is On Our Side

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports We’re more than halfway through August, and we’ve got some news for you. Nashville Predators News & Notes There's No Place Like Home: Johansen, Sissons 'Lucky' to Be From B.C. | NHL.comThe Preds' BC connection waxes and wanes, but it's a surprisingly consistent thread throughout the last decade or so. Other News & Notes Bulbul Kartanbay signs with Riveters, becomes first Kazakh player in NWHL history | The Ice GardenI shared a link to a story about Kartanbay, who's been dreaming about and striving towards playing in the US for years, last...
Aug 16, 2019
2018-2019 Player Reviews: Mattias Ekholm

2018-2019 Player Reviews: Mattias Ekholm

Mattias Ekholm #14 of the Nashville Predators (r) celebrates his goal at 16:46 of the first period against the New York Islanders and is joined by P.K. Subban #76 (l) at the Barclays Center on October 06, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. | Photo by Bruce Bennett/ The hidden gem of the Nashville defensive corps, he stole the puck, stole a few goals, and along the way—stole our heart I have a similar struggle doing this report card for Mattias Ekholm as I did doing the one for Nick Bonino: I have to overcome a very strong personal bias. My negative bias against Bonino was...