Preds add Coupal to staff

The Nashville Predators have hired former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute goaltender Jeremy Coupal to be the team's video coordinator next season. Coupal, a walk-on at RPI, played two seasons for the team, but made only one appearance in his senior year stopping the only shot he faced in the five minutes he played in 2011-12.

"This opportunity is a big part thanks to the experience I got from my time at RPI," said Coupal in a statement. "Most importantly, it was the people within the program that allowed me to grow and learn as an athlete and as someone who was interested in becoming part of the hockey coaching community. I can't thank coach Appert enough for allowing me to help his staff with video my senior year and Kevin Anderson for teaching and mentoring me along the way."

Last season, Coupal spent the 2012-13 season at Bemidji State, an NCAA Division I hockey school, as a volunteer assistant coach. It is fair to say he is paying his dues.

Coupal will work alongside Predators' video coach Lawrence Feloney and will be of good use to goalie coach Mitch Korn. As a hockey knowledgeable goalie, Coupal and Korn will likely prepare videos together for the players to see the weaknesses of the opposition's netminder.

Jeremy Coupal is on Twitter, @JeremyCoupal.