Nashville Predators Wrap-Up: A Critical Offseason Has Begun

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 19: Dan Hamhuis #5 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena on November 19, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 19: Dan Hamhuis #5 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena on November 19, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The offseason has begun for the Nashville Predators while the Stanley Cup Playoffs ramp up for 16 hopeful teams.

While we are “impatiently” waiting for the new season to start for the Nashville Predators, we are going to continue to bring you news and fun social media posts from the team and players.

There’s going to be lots of news and announcements from the Nashville Predators in this shortened offseason. We’re looking forward to covering the NHL Entry Draft, free agency, training camp, and lots more.

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Once the playoffs have been completed, the news will be coming at a furious pace. The offseason will be short, and there will be lots of business to take care of before the new season begins.

This week we take a look at draft pick news, an end-of-season management interview, and the retirement of an excellent human being.

Dan Hamhuis Hangs Up The Skates

On Thursday, Dan Hamhuis announced his retirement after 16 seasons in the NHL. An “Iron Man” of the sport.

Hamhuis spent time on the Predators roster on two different occasions. He started and ended his career in Nashville.

The Predators drafted Hamhuis in 2001. He also spent time with the Vancouver Canucks and the Dallas Stars.

Hamhuis is ranked 10th among all active players in games played at 1,148. Throughout his career, he scored 356 points (59 goals, 297 assists).

Dan Hamhuis had a long and celebrated career. We wish him well in his retirement.

Predators Will Pick 11th in the NHL Entry Draft

The second phase of the NHL Draft Lottery took place on Monday. The Predators didn’t win the first overall pick, but they did improve their position by getting the 11th pick.

There are some great players available around that 11th spot. Players like Anton Lundell, Dawson Mercer, Seth Jarvis are all possible candidates for the Predators.

The 2020 NHL Entry Draft is scheduled to take place on October 9 and 10.

Poile and Hynes Conduct End-Of-Season Interview

On August 13, General Manager David Poile and Head Coach John Hynes conducted their season end interview with the media.

Both talked about the need to make roster changes and restoring the culture and identity of the organization. Poile specifically mentioned that he wanted the Predators to become the hardest working team in the league.

They also talked about how disappointed the players were with the way the season ended, but that they were excited about the things they built on with Hynes.

Poile said that the outcome of this season was “unacceptable.” Anyone looking at the season outcome objectively would have to agree with Poile’s sentiment.

Another topic they discussed was the possibility that we may see some prospects implemented onto the opening night roster. Several were mentioned, but Eeli Tolvanen was mentioned the most.

Expect to see some changes in the team next season when they take the ice for their first game.

Happy Birthday, Filip Forsberg

Thursday, Filip Forsberg celebrated his 26th birthday. Happy birthday, sir.

I wonder if he still has that epic mustache?

Happy Birthday, Kyle Turris

On Friday, Kyle Turris celebrated his 31st birthday. Happy birthday to you as well, sir.

No epic mustache on Turris, but happy birthday all the same.

The Predators have an excellent social media team. They do a great job of keeping the fans up to date on team news and on what the players are up to.

Everyone needs to get ready and prepare themselves. This offseason may be one of the craziest that we’ve had in quite a while, and one that Poile has to deliver on to get the franchise back on track towards a Stanley Cup.