NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It was standing room only at the Ford Ice Center on a hot Saturday in south Nashville.
After a week of training and evaluations, the rookies and prospects for the Nashville Predators finally got to show their stuff in a final scrimmage.
The scrimmage was broken down into three periods with a shoot-out following each session of 5 on 5, 4 on 4 and 3 on 3 action.
Forward Kevin Fiala, who spent a little bit of time with the Predators this past season, was all over the ice scoring several times in both regulation and in the shoot-outs.
“It was really nice with the guys actually, everybody did their best, 100 percent, and I was a little bit worried the first game. It was a little bit hard the first period but it went better and better I think,” said Fiala.
The Gray team, featuring this year’s second round pick Yakov Trenin, won the scrimmage 12-9.
The score didn’t really sum up camp as everyone from top to bottom felt good about the week of development camp.
“I thought it was really good, not a lot of guys on each team so everyone got a lot of ice time and some guys made some nice plays out there and I hope we gave the fans a good show,” said Forward Jimmy Vesey.
“It was good, it’s the summer these are young kids, obviously there were a lot of goals out there, a lot of nice saves as well, but there were a lot of good things we saw out there,” said Head Coach Peter Laviolette.
General Manager David Poile said this week “is one of the most fun weeks” for the team. “I mean it’s all about the future and I’m so proud of our organization in terms of what all of our staff do to put this on,” said Poile.
The Nashville Predators will start the preseason at home with a double header against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, Sep. 20. They’ll open the regular season at home against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, Oct. 8. Click here for tickets.