Rookies, Welcome To Smashville!

Today marks the opening of the Nashville Predators training camp for rookies. The prospects are expected to report by 3 p.m. this afternoon and will be subjected to off-ice testing and medicals.

MONTREAL,QC - JUNE 26: Ryan Ellis poses for a portrait after being selected 11th overall by the Nashville Predators during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Ryan Ellis skipped the Team Canada Junior development camp in NFLD in order to train for a better shot at making Nashville’s roster. Has the 19 year old played his last game for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL? (Photo:

The real fun starts on Tuesday when the rookies hit the ice. There will be a goalie session from 12:30 until 1:00 p.m. Since the position to backup Pekka Rinne in net is up for grabs, this will likely be the hottest and most closely watched group of future Predators. After the goalie session, all other players hit the ice for the official first time this season.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the rookies will be in Florida for a series of games against the Panthers rookies.

The rookies camp ends on Friday with on-ice drills as the veterans return to Nashville for their medicals and off-ice testing before hitting the ice Saturday as a full group.

The excitement builds!

In case you are heading to Centennia to watch the action yourself, here is a list of players in attendance. The numbers they will be wearing are in brackets after the player’s name. Please note that Zack Buddish is not among those participating because the NCAA does not allow players to take part in NHL training camps.


Taylor Beck (56)
Gabriel Bourque (57)
Ryan Flynn (45)
Blake Geoffrion (5)
Linus Klasen (58)
Michael Latta (55)
Chris Mueller (53)
Mark Santorelli (41)
Ryan Thang (65)
Austin Watson (72)

Taylor Aronson (75)
Jonathon Blum (7)
Ryan Ellis (49)
Jamie Doornbosch (60)
Roman Josi (59)
C.O. Roussel (54)
Cameron Wind (61)

Anders Lindback (39)
Chet Pickard (37)

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