Preds go 1-1-1 in prospects tournament

The Nashville Predators' prospects have left Coral Springs, Florida with a somewhat-successful tournament against other prospects from the Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, finishing 1-1-1. However, in two of the three games the Predators played, they did not play to their identity of hard nosed, gritty hockey. In those two games, they allowed eleven goals and scored twelve.

To start off the weekend, Nashville faced the Florida Panthers and won the game 8-4 thanks to goals from Miikka Salomaki, Josh Shalla, Filip Forsberg, Michael Moffat, Patrick Cehlin, Vinny Saponari, Tommy Veilleux and Zach Budish, respectively. In net for near thirty minutes was Magnus Hellberg who stopped nine of eleven shots, while Marek Mazanec made thirty of fifteen saves.

Full scoresheet here.

The lines for the game, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald, were as follows:

Brendan Leipsic-Austin Watson-Filip Forsberg

Josh Shalla-Colton Sissons-Patrick Cehlin

Vinny Saponari-Miikka Salomaki-Zach Budish

Tommy Veilleux-Felix Girard-Joonas Rask

Seth Jones-Anthony Bitetto

Mike Moffat-Kayle Doetzel

Mikko Vainonen-Charles-Oliver Roussel

Magnus Hellberg

Marek Mazanec

I can neither confirm nor deny these were the lines for the remainder of the tournament. 

Following the game, Bitetto tweeted out…

It is likely Bitetto and Jones are paired with each other at least once this preseason.

The next game was played against the rookies of Tampa Bay. Unfortunately for Nashville, the scoreboard read almost the exact opposite for them Saturday; losing by a score of 7-4. Preds' goals came from Jones, Bitetto (2) and Forsberg. Hellberg was awarded the full game start, but disappointed himself by stopping only twenty-three of thirty shots faced. The special teams was weak being successful only twice of five times on the power play and allowing the Bolts to score on their only man advantage opportunity.

Full box score here.

To finish off the tournament, the Predators squared off against the Bruins, which finished in a 2-2 shootout tie. Moffat and Girard scored the goals for Nashville against Malcolm Subban, Boston goalie prospect and brother of Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban. Meanwhile, Mazanec was solid stopping twenty-five of twenty-seven shots on net. Rask was the lone shootout goal scorer, but that proved not to enough through five rounds and the game finished in a draw.

Full box score here.



Name G A PIM
Zach Budish 1 1 0
Patrick Cehlin 1 2 0
Filip Forsberg 2 2 0
Sebastien Geoffrion 0 0 2
Felix Girard 1 1 2
Miikka Salomaki 1 3 0
Josh Shalla 1 1 0
Colton Sissons 0 0 0
Vinny Saponari 1 1 0
Joonas Rask 0 0 0
Brendan Leipsic 0 1 2
Austin Watson 0 0 4
Tommy Veilleux 1 0 0


Name G A PIM
Taylor Aronson 0 1 0
Anthony Bitetto 2 0 4
Kayle Doetzel 0 1 0
Seth Jones 1 0 2
Michael Moffat 2 1 2
Charles Oliver-Roussel 0 2 2
Mikko Vainonen 0 0 0


Name W L T SV% GA
Magnus Hellberg 1 1 0 0.780 9
Marek Mazanec 0 0 1 0.904 4

Rookie camp will close out Tuesday prior to the start of training camp.