Check out your Predlines Headlines for the day as we kick off the worst month in the NHL off-season, August. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Predlines Headlines: Man, August Stinks

Here we are–awaiting the start of the hockey season–ready for September and training camps to start; but the stupid month of August comes rolling up and adds a pointless four weeks to the schedule between now and the drop of the puck. (Yes, I know today is August 2, I’m just expressing how awful this month is.)

The only positive to the start of August is that the Nashville Predators first preseason game in Tampa Bay against the Lightning is exactly five weeks away. We are 52 days away from Predators hockey.

Here are your Predlines Headlines:

Predators prospects compete at development camp (VIDEO).

The Predators Development Camp took place in July but here is an awesome inside look at what took place at the camp. The video emphasizes the hard work and “grinding” mentality the players went through in the six days they were in Nashville displaying their abilities.

What was the most improbable thing of the season last year for the Predators?

On The Forecheck continues their offseason tournament, with this round asking what was the most improbable thing of last year’s season? Was it Carter Hutton’s shutout at San Jose or Eric Nystrom‘s four goals at Calgary? I think the most improbable thing was Eric Nystrom scoring four goals…and the Predators LOSING the game.

Magnus Hellberg is ready for a bounce-back season.

”I started playing pretty good right before [the injury], and that was the first bad injury I’ve had in my career. I’ve been pretty lucky with the injury side of it, but it was tough. – Magnus Hellberg
Hellberg is coming off of a poor and unlucky season with the Milwaukee Admirals, where he posted a 5-13-1 record. Hellberg fought the injury-bug for a good portion of the season with an ankle injury. Hellberg is entering the last year of his entry-level contract this year, so a bounce-back season would do wonders for the young goalie.


A “prospect” who is primed to make the Predators roster this season; an outlook on Calle Jarnkrok.

The Tennesseean’s Josh Cooper expresses his take towards Calle Jarnkrok and points out that Jarnkrok’s size could be a problem at the center position on a regular NHL, day-to-day schedule. Jarnkrok did only play 12 games for the Predators last season, but he sure did look good in those 12 games. The 5-foot 11-inch Swede posted 9 points in the dozen games he put on the Predators sweater.

I see Jarnkrok as a great third-line center or winger for the Predators next season. In his 12 games with Nashville last season I saw a bit of a resemblance between his game and Craig Smith‘s in the way they handle the puck and look to drive to the center of the ice to light the lamp.

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