The Nashville Predators organization has undergone quite a transformation in the nearly 17 months since Peter Laviolette took over as the second coach in franchise history. That transformation figures to continue as some of the veterans brought in to revive the franchise eventually retire or are moved to make room for the young prospects coming up through the system.
A late season swoon and a first-round playoff loss to the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks took some luster off what was a very promising 2014-15 season in Nashville. The Predators, expected to struggle when the season started, led the Central Division for much of the year. Rookie Filip Forsberg led the team in scoring while veteran Mike Ribeiro returned to the form he showed during his days with the Dallas Stars.
The 2014-15 season is now a thing of the past and a boatload of drafted Swedes just finished off a full season of hockey, primarily with SHL clubs. The list of topflight talent dotting the Swedish hockey landscape is quite impressive and might have even been more so if William Nylander (TOR) and Swiss-born Kevin Fiala (NSH) had actually completed the season in the SHL. Read more»
Dallas Stars prospect Esa Lindell is coming off a career year in which the 6’3”, 200 pound defenseman put up 14 goals and 35 points in 57 games. This was good enough to not only earn him a spot on Team Finland at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, but also got him a cup of coffee with the AHL’s Texas Stars to conclude the season. Read more»