Thirty-two Nashville Predators prospects will converge on the Music City next week for the 2014 edition of the club’s development camp.
The Farmer’s Almanac may say it’s the dog days of summer, but inside Bridgestone Arena more than two dozen of the Predators prospects will be skating, completing various drills and conditioning. Headlining the group will be winger Filip Forsberg as well as the team’s first-round pick in the recently completed 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Kevin Fiala.
The six-day camp will be an important time for the newest members of the Predators organization to prove themselves, whether that’s during a pick-up game, in off-ice testing or in the weight room. But Nashville’s development camp has long provided more than just an opportunity for a prospect to stand out. It’s also a time to learn the “Predator Way.”
The camp has long served as the primary means to instruct prospects on the habits needed to become NHL players, model quality conditioning techniques and teach the Nashville Predators culture firsthand.
And with new Nashville head coach Peter Laviolette now at the helm, that time of instruction has become even more important.
The camp begins on Monday at Bridgestone Arena and most of the on-ice sessions are open to the public, so check out the schedule below (all times are CDT):
2014 Nashville Predators Development Camp (on-ice) Schedule:
WEDNESDAY, July 9 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
FRIDAY, July 11 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
SATURDAY, July 12 3:30-5 p.m.
(Thursday the prospects will participate in several different community service activities)
Saturday, the camp concludes with a scrimmage game and open house at Bridgestone Arena.