Predators Rookie Camp Opens On Sept. 16

Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop. Photo: Courtesy of the Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators have announced that its Rookie Camp is set to start on Thursday (Sept. 16) a day before heading to Tampa for the 2021 NHL Prospect Showcase.

The Predators rookie team, which will be comprised of signed and unsigned draft picks, AHL free-agent signings and skaters attending on try-out agreements, will be led by Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville’s AHL affiliate) Head Coach Karl Taylor and Assistant Coaches Scott Ford and Greg Rallo.

Among the 22 players scheduled to participate are 2019 first-round pick Philip Tomasino, 2017 third-round pick David Farrance and 2021 first-round pick Zachary L’Heureux. Also taking part in the showcase will be recent draft picks Egor Afanasyev (2019 second round), Luke Prokop (2020 third round)Marc Del Gaizo (2019 fourth round) and Juuso Parssinen (2019 seventh round) and players who competed in the AHL last season, including Cole SmithPatrick Harper, Tommy Novak and Devin Cooley.

The Predators will face prospects from the Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers in the showcase, playing each team once during the four-day event. Nashville kicks-off the showcase by taking on Tampa Bay on Sept. 18 at 12 p.m. CT at AMALIE Arena. The Preds will then face off against Florida the following day at AdventHealth Center at 9 a.m. CT. After a practice day on Sept. 20, the Predators close out the showcase against Carolina at 9 a.m. CT on Sept. 21, again at AdventHealth Center.

The NHL Prospect Showcase precedes the opening of Nashville’s 2021 Training Camp, which begins Sept. 22 with physicals and team meetings. The Predators’ first day on the ice will be Sept. 23 at Centennial Sportsplex, with six preseason contests scheduled from Sept. 26-Oct. 9, including two at Bridgestone Arena.

Steven Boero