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Predators' Fedor Svechkov: Can't-fail pivot goes 19th at draft
Svechkov was drafted 19th overall by the Predators at the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday.
Svechkov is a solid middle-six pivot with nice skills across the board. He's a good playmaker, uses his body well and plays responsible defense. And he's done it against pros already in the VHL. In fact, Svechkov plays two-way hockey like a guy with five to seven pro seasons under his belt. His offensive production will likely end up suppressed at the NHL level simply because of his talents on the other side of the puck. Like a Jordan Staal type. But there are plenty of fantasy leagues where guys like Svechkov will contribute. He's pretty much a no-fail guy for the Preds.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Ryan Johansen: Available to Seattle
Johansen was exposed to Seattle for Wednesday's Expansion Draft.
The Predators' opted not to include Johansen on their protected list, making the 28-year-old -- and his $8 million cap for the next four years -- available to the Kraken. His 22 points in 48 games last year suggest that he may not be a top target for the incoming franchise. Furthermore, Johansen's paltry seven power-play points despite an average of 2:44 of man-advantage time don't exactly sweeten things. Nashville teammate Matt Duchene was left off the protection list, as well.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Cody Glass: Dealt to Nashville
Glass was traded to the Predators from the Golden Knights in exchange for Nolan Patrick on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Glass has struggled to crack Vegas' lineup since being drafted sixth overall in 2017, primarily due to health issues, but he's been decent when given the opportunity at the NHL level, totaling nine goals and 22 points through 66 contests over the past two campaigns. The 22-year-old pivot has top-six potential, but he'll likely start off in Nashville's bottom six.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Philippe Myers: Traded to Predators
Myers and Nolan Patrick were traded by the Flyers to Nashville in exchange for Ryan Ellis on Saturday. Patrick was subsequently traded to Vegas in exchange for Cody Glass, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Myers should slot in as a solid bottom-four option for the Predators in 2021-22. The 24-year-old blueliner picked up 11 points, 77 shots and 69 hits while averaging 18:52 of ice time through 44 appearances with Philadelphia in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Cole Smith: Secures two-way deal
Smith inked a one-year, two-way contract with Nashville on Thursday.
Smith made his NHL debut this past season in which he registered one shot in just 5:57 of ice time. The 25-year-old winger should be expected to continue playing the bulk of his games in the minors this year but could still make some sporadic appearances with Nashville this season.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Pekka Rinne: Ends prolific career
Rinne announced his retirement from professional hockey Tuesday.
The 38-year-old Finnish goaltender spent his entire 15-year career in Nashville, appearing in 683 games while posting a 369-213-75 record and 2.43 GAA and collecting 60 shutouts. A four-time All-Star, Rinne captured his lone Vezina Trophy in 2018 and was a finalist for the award in three other years. Rinne had transitioned into more of a part-time role in the past two seasons with the emergence of fellow countryman Juuse Saros, whom the Predators are expected to retain in restricted free agency this offseason.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Cole Schneider: Re-signs with AHL team
Schneider signed Wednesday with AHL Milwaukee on a one-year contract.
Schneider will begin his second stint with Milwaukee after he spent the 2018-19 and 2019-20 campaigns with the Admirals, tallying 28 goals in 78 games over that span. He most recently suited up for AHL Texas in 2020-21 and potted 11 goals while dishing out 17 assists across 36 contests. The 30-year-old winger hasn't appeared at the NHL level since the 2016-17 season, when he skated in four games for the Sabres.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Viktor Arvidsson: Will be ready for next year
Arvidsson (upper body) is dealing with a relatively minor injury and will be ready for the start of the 2021-22 campaign, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.
Arvidsson likely would have missed the second round of the postseason due to his upper-body issue but should have plenty of time to prepare for the upcoming season. It was the second straight season in which the 28-year-old winger failed to reach the 30-point mark, in part due to the shortened campaign. With an 82-game season, Arvidsson should be capable of pushing for the 30-goal and 60-point thresholds, levels he has achieved twice in his career.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Mark Borowiecki: Cleared from concussion protocol
Borowiecki (concussion) has been cleared ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Borowiecki last appeared for the Predators on March 11 versus the Hurricanes, missing the team's final 35 games including the postseason. When he was in action, the 31-year-old blueliner managed just one assist in 22 games while averaging 13:41 of ice time, his lowest ice time since 2013-14 when he was with Ottawa. The Ottawa native has never topped the 20-point mark in his career and won't offer much in terms of fantasy value next year.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Roman Josi: Will be ready for next season
Josi (undisclosed) is expected to be cleared to play ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
Josi was injured in the Preds' Game 6 elimination against Carolina but not after recording his fourth assist of the postseason. Heading into next year, the 31-year-old will continue to be a mainstay on Nashville's blue line, including logging big power-play minutes, which should set him up to get back over the 40-point threshold with a full 82 games.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Juuso Parssinen: Signs entry-level deal
Parssinen signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Predators on Friday, per CapFriendly.
Parssinen was selected in the seventh round of the 2019 draft. He took a strong step forward with eight goals and 34 assists in 55 regular-season games with TPS of Finland's Liiga, and he added another eight points in 13 contests during the playoffs. The Finnish forward could make the leap to North America in 2021-22, but he's likely a couple of years away from getting a look with the big club.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Ben Harpur: Records helper
Harpur notched an assist in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Game 6.
Harpur played in five of the Predators' six playoff contests, and his assist Thursday was his only point. The 26-year-old added 10 hits, seven blocked shots and a minus-2 rating in a limited role on the third pairing. Harpur had a career-high seven points (all assists) in 34 regular-season contests in his first year with the Predators.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Erik Haula: Notches helper
Haula recorded an assist, two shots on goal and two hits in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Game 6.
Haula set up a Nick Cousins goal just 1:44 into the contest. The 30-year-old Haula put up a decent four points, 11 shots, nine hits and a minus-3 rating in six playoff appearances, mainly in a middle-six role. The Finn is an unrestricted free agent this offseason after posting 21 points, 85 shots on goal and 63 hits in 51 regular-season outings.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Ryan Ellis: Snags assist in Game 6
Ellis posted an assist, three shots on goal, two blocked shots and two PIM in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Game 6.
Ellis set up Mikael Granlund's tally at 1:13 of the second period. The 30-year-old Ellis was a strong scoring option from the blue line with a goal and four helpers in six games. He added 13 shots on net, 14 blocked shots and a minus-1 rating in a top-four role.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Nick Cousins: Dents twine Thursday
Cousins scored a goal in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Game 6.
Cousins opened the scoring on a feed from Erik Haula at 1:44 of the first period. The 27-year-old Cousins scored twice in four playoff games. The Ontario native had a moderately productive regular season with 18 points in 52 outings in a bottom-six role.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Ryan Johansen: Strikes on power play
Johansen scored a power-play goal on two shots and blocked two shots in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Game 6.
Johansen gave the Predators a 3-1 lead in the second period with his third tally of the playoffs. The 28-year-old added an assist, a minus-2 rating and 15 shots on net in the six-game series versus the Hurricanes. Johansen ended the campaign hot with eight points in his last 11 contests, but he posted only 22 points in 48 regular-season outings this year.... See More ... See Less
Predators' Mikael Granlund: Collects pair of points
Granlund scored a goal, dished a power-play assist, fired three shots on goal and added two hits in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Game 6.
Granlund factored on both of the Predators' second-period tallies. The 29-year-old produced five points, 10 shots on net, eight hits and a minus-3 rating in six playoff contests. The Finn is an unrestricted free agent this summer. He produced only 62 points in 130 regular-season contests -- a 39-point pace in an 82-game season. He only finished two of his seven seasons in Minnesota with an equal or lesser scoring pace, so it's possible Granlund could use a change of scenery.... See More ... See Less
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