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On the Forecheck May 23, 2022
2022 NHL Draft Notebook: Yurov, Trikozov and Perevalov

2022 NHL Draft Notebook: Yurov, Trikozov and Perevalov

Avangard Omsk Taking a look at three draft-eligible Russian forwards. With most Nashville prospects done for the year, I’ll be ramping up my draft notebooks and rankings as we approach the 2022 NHL Entry Draft in July. The Predators currently have six picks this year (no second or sixth-round picks). Today, I’ve taken a look at three Russian forwards who will hear their names called in Montreal this summer. Danila Yurov and Gleb Trikozov are projected first-round talents, and Alexander Perevalov should go somewhere in the first few rounds. Danila Yurov | W |...
On the Forecheck May 20, 2022
The state of the Nashville Predators after 2021-22

The state of the Nashville Predators after 2021-22

Photo by John Russell/NHLI via There is so much to unpack after an odd season. Entering every NHL season, 32 NHL teams are looking to win the ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup. Only one team can come out on top. General managers are doing their best to acquire players that suit their roster’s needs, while coaches work on systems and strategies to give their team the best chance to win. However, not all groups come in on the same playing ground. Some clubs are on the long road to building their way back to contention, while others make small tweaks to depth spots to...
On the Forecheck May 20, 2022
Friday’s Dump & Chase: The Heat Is On

Friday’s Dump & Chase: The Heat Is On

Plenty of spicy Poile takes. Plenty of great links. Nashville News & Notes Poile Addresses State of Predators Franchise as Offseason Arrives | nhl.comTwo Mondays ago, the Nashville Predators were left with an empty feeling. Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Two-year extension for John Hynes and the coaching staff. Preview: Admirals advance in AHL playoffs, face Wolves | On the ForecheckMilwaukee now faces a Calder Cup favorite in Chicago. The Admirals will have their hands full against a tough Wolves team in this round. Hockey News & Notes Colton's...
On the Forecheck May 17, 2022
Opinion: Why Nashville Predators fans should be cheering for the St Louis Blues this round

Opinion: Why Nashville Predators fans should be cheering for the St Louis Blues this round

Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via I know; it’s gross. Everyone likes to play “what if” with their brackets. Team B eliminates Team A, then goes on to face Team C. What if it was A who’d won the first series and was playing C? Maybe C would have been a better matchup for A, and A could have gone on to the conference finals, instead of going out in the first round. NHL managements aren’t immune to this. I don’t have any insider information on this, but I’d be shocked if they’d figured out a way to stop asking what if?—it’s a human instinct,...
On the Forecheck May 16, 2022
Preds sign Iaroslav Askarov to ELC

Preds sign Iaroslav Askarov to ELC

Photo by Codie McLachlan/ The goalie will bring much-needed depth to the organization. The Nashville Predators signed goalie Iaroslav Askarov, who spent much of last season with the VHL’s SKA Neva Saint Petersburg, to an ELC today. The three-year deal starts this upcoming season and will give the Predators some much-needed organizational depth in net. Askarov, who turns 20 this offseason, will presumably start off with the Milwaukee Admirals. He wasn't given many chances in the KHL—the top-tier team in Russia to the VHL’s second-tier team—and his VHL starts...
On the Forecheck May 13, 2022
Friday’s Dump & Chase: Nobody left to believe in

Friday’s Dump & Chase: Nobody left to believe in

Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via The end-of-the-season letdown is real. So are these links. Nashville News & Notes The Nashville Predators’ Offseason Checklist | On the ForecheckThe offseason is...now. There are a number of things the Preds are going to need to address this offseason. Saros Talks Injury, Reflects on Preds Season Following Vezina Nomination | nhl.comJuuse Saros isn't a doctor, but when he felt a "pop" during the third period of the final Predators home game of the regular season a couple weeks back, he figured the prognosis wouldn't be...
On the Forecheck May 12, 2022
The Nashville Predators’ Offseason Checklist

The Nashville Predators’ Offseason Checklist

Photo by Mickey Bernal/ The offseason is...now. While it’s probably difficult to see the positives from this season after being swept in four games by a likely Stanley Cup Finalist, there’s plenty of good out of this season. However, there’s no resting on your laurels when you haven’t won a playoff series since 2019. I’m not suggesting here that a “do nothing” approach is correct, and I’m also not suggesting a “scorched Earth” process involving a fire sale of our talented team and all supporting staff. What happens this offseason should be measured,...
On the Forecheck May 12, 2022
Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Evangelista SZN

Thursday’s Dump & Chase: Evangelista SZN

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ Luke Evangelista has been assigned to Milwaukee, and Mikael Granlund will join Team Finland in the IIHF World Championships. Welcome to the off-season, baby. Nashville Predators News & Notes Nashville Predators forward Mikael Granlund will join Team Finland at the 2022 IIHF World Hockey Championships.Defenceman Henri Jokiharju had to leave the team and will not participate after testing positive for COVID-19. Miro Aaltonen was cut to make room for Granlund. pic.twitter.com/EJZkNbRNxF— Complete Hockey News (@CompleteHkyNews) May 11,...
On the Forecheck May 11, 2022
How Cody Glass is Working His Way Back to the NHL

How Cody Glass is Working His Way Back to the NHL

Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Milwaukee’s leading scorer has no plans to be back in the AHL next year. Last summer, the Nashville Predators engaged in a blockbuster three-team trade, acquiring forward Cody Glass from the Vegas Golden Knights and defender Philippe Myers from the Philadelphia Flyers. Forward Nolan Patrick and defender Ryan Ellis moved in return. Nearly a year later, that deal has gone mostly south for all three teams. Ellis, who played just four games, had a season ruined by injury and looks close to the end of his career; Patrick notched...
On the Forecheck May 11, 2022
Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Summer Break

Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Summer Break

Photo by Mickey Bernal/ Offseason SZN. It’s offseason SZN. I’m trying to figure out who I am cheering for in the playoffs. Here’s some links...below is a poll. Juuse Saros Named Vezina Trophy Finalist - On the ForecheckOur Little Bear has been named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. Color of Hockey: Fukufuji continuing to grow game in JapanA great read for your Wednesday. Predators out due to Saros injury, lack of scoring from top playersAh, yes, postmortems. 5 potential landing spots for veteran head coach Barry TrotzHere’s a look at who he might be fielding...
On the Forecheck May 10, 2022
Wasted Potential Will Define the 2021-22 Nashville Predators’ Season

Wasted Potential Will Define the 2021-22 Nashville Predators’ Season

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports There’s plenty of blame to go around for the Preds’ late-season collapse Where do you even begin to write the complicated story of the Nashville Predators’ 2021-22 season? It was a year filled with some tremendous highs. We had a Norris-nominated defender put up numbers that haven’t been seen in 30 years. We had a Vezina-nominated goaltender cement his status as one of the league’s best. We had two 40-goal scorers, as one of only three teams who could say that this season. We saw team records fall at a dystopian pace,...
On the Forecheck May 10, 2022
Juuse Saros Named Vezina Trophy Finalist

Juuse Saros Named Vezina Trophy Finalist

Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Our Little Bear has been named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. Nashville’s Juuse Saros has been named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. A day after Roman Josi was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy (for a second time), the Predators netminder Saros was named a finalist for the Vezina. While Saros has been unavailable in the playoffs due to what some sources have noted is a high-ankle sprain, his regular-season play is more than deserving of a Vezina nomination. Shayna from The Athletic thinks Saros is deserving of a Vezina...
On the Forecheck May 10, 2022
Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: The offseason, whether you like it or not

Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: The offseason, whether you like it or not

Photo by Mickey Bernal/ A rollercoaster season filled with record-breaking performances ends with a whimper Nashville Predators News Nashville Predators 3, Colorado Avalanche 5: That’s a Wrap on the 2021-22 Preds Season | On the ForecheckFor the first time in franchise history, the Nashville Predators have been swept in a playoff series. Nick broke down what exactly happened in a Game 4 that saw Nashville compete, regain composure, and even get it’s first - and last - lead. The Mo(u)rning After: Predators-Avalanche Game 3 Review | On the ForecheckThe Nashville...
On the Forecheck May 10, 2022
Nashville Predators 3, Colorado Avalanche 5: That’s a Wrap on the 2021-22 Preds Season

Nashville Predators 3, Colorado Avalanche 5: That’s a Wrap on the 2021-22 Preds Season

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports For the first time in franchise history, the Nashville Predators have been swept in a playoff series. If Game 4 wasn’t a microcosm of the entire 2021-22 Nashville Predators’ season, I don’t know what was. There were exciting moments that swelled optimism among the Preds fanbase, only to be snuffed by absolutely gut-wrenching pockets of play that ultimately sealed Nashville’s fate. And when the final buzzer sounded, the Predators, who had spent all season shattering almost every long-standing single-season team record...
On the Forecheck May 9, 2022
Game Thread: Nashville Predators vs Colorado Avalanche 5/9/22

Game Thread: Nashville Predators vs Colorado Avalanche 5/9/22

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports Go Preds. The Nashville Predators try to win one against the Colorado Avalanche tonight.

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