Nashville Predators: Five Takeaways From the Preseason

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Sep 22, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA;Nashville Predators right wing

Viktor Arvidsson

(38) scores a goal past Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman

Braydon Coburn

(55) during the third period at Amalie Arena. Nashville Predators defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

1. The Future is Bright With Predators Youth

One thing we learned this preseason is that there is more young depth than we’ve ever seen in the Predators organization.  Viktor Arvidsson and Austin Watson made the team coming out of training camp.  Both really impressed throughout Prospect Week, Rookie Camp and Training Camp.  Arvidsson, in particular looked like he deserves to play on the NHL level.  Most folks don’t realize that he was chosen in the fourth round the same year that the Preds took Kevin Fiala in the first.

There were so many impressive youngsters that it’s hard to name them all.  Defenseman Anthony Bitetto is still with the team as this is written although he may be the final cut this week.  The two Russians, Center Yakov Trenin and  Winger Vladislav Kamenev look like they could be a big part of the Preds future.  Fiala and Steve Moses along with Colton Sissons could all find their way here soon.

Don’t forget about Jimmy Vesey who is a favorite for the Hobey Baker best player award in college and could possibly join the Predators before the playoffs.  He was amazing during prospect camp.  Add in Juuse Saros, who is one of the best goaltender prospects in the NHL.  The future’s so bright you gotta wear shades.

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