There are some good vibes flowing around this Nashville Predators team as they get ready for the start of training camp and preseason set to open in the next couple of days.
Some of the same prospects who performed well at the Prospect Showcase will also be attending training camp and battling for an NHL roster spot. There is an excellent blend of youth and veteran leadership on this team that should make for plenty of healthy competition in training camp.
The first practice of training camp will be Friday, September 23, with the preseason slate beginning with a matchup against the Florida Panthers on September 26. It will be one of four preseason games, including an exhibition in Switzerland against SC Bern of the Swiss Hockey League.
Preseason is a time to build line chemistry, work on systems, figure out who your starters will be, and of course getting back into game shape. The prospects just got the benefit of doing that at the showcase, but many of the veterans are getting back into game action for the first time since May.
Here are my top three storylines for the Nashville Predators heading into the preseason.