Photo: The Nashville Predators have invested a lot of assets in European players like prospect Joonas Lyytinen over the years, but the returns have been somewhat sluggish (courtesy of Atte Rissanen/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)
The Nashville Predators have one of their top prospects playing in the NCAA ranks — though Jimmy Vesey’s ultimate destination has been a source of much conjecture. The other five prospects playing college hockey are less established at this point.
Photo: Arizona State University forward Ryan Belonger will lead the offensive charge for the Sun Devils as they make the switch to NCAA D1 hockey (courtesy of Peter Vander Stoep/Sun Devil Athletics)
This season, Arizona State University becomes the 62nd member of NCAA Men’s D1 Hockey. It also marks the first time in 30 years that a school west of Colorado has played at this level.
The Sun Devils opened their inaugural NCAA D1 season on Oct. 9th versus host Alaska-Anchorage in the Kendall Hockey Classic. Read more»
Photo: Nashville prospect Vladislav Kamenev had just one goal in the KHL playoffs as Metallurg failed to defend its Gagarin Cup title (courtesy of Terry Wilson/CHL Images)
Although the top prospects in the Nashville Predators organization currently skate for AHL affiliate Milwaukee, there are many players competing at the NCAA level or in European leagues this season.
The distance from North American professional hockey is telling in some cases, but there is no lack of quality prospects in the two different developmental venues.
Photo: Miikka Salomaki looks poised to have an offensive breakout with the Milwaukee Admirals in his second AHL season. (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The most obvious change for the Nashville Predators this season will be behind the bench, where veteran coach Peter Laviolette replaces the only coach in the history of the franchise, Barry Trotz.
Photo: Jimmy Vesey was Harvard’s leading scorer in 2013-14 with 13 goals and 22 points in 31 games for the Crimson (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
The Nashville Predators entered the 2013 NHL Draft with ten draft picks — selecting four players from Europe including a pair of goalies — and then taking a seventh-round flier on University of North Dakota-bound forward Wade Murphy with a seventh-round pick.