Training Camp Preview: The Newcomers
Oct 3, 2012
Milwaukee, WI--The Nashville Predators bread and butter since the earliest days of the franchise has been player development, and that continues as the Milwaukee Admirals – Nashville’s primary developmental affiliate at the American Hockey League level – opened training camp on Monday. As they do many years, the Ads will see an influx of young talent as they look to make their 11th consecutive playoff appearance in 2012-13, a streak matched only by the Connecticut Whale.
Predators General Manager David Poile and Assistant GM Paul Fenton have been on record saying this year’s group has them excited as any that has come through the system so let’s take a look at some of the players expected to make the biggest impact when the regular season starts on Oct. 12 at Grand Rapids.
Nashville has uncovered some pleasant surprises through signing veterans to two-way contracts – the names Joel Ward, Marcel Goc and Dan Ellis are some of the most notable, but going back further reveal names like Vernon Fiddler, Greg Zanon and Vladmir Orszagh. The Preds will try to uncover another gem from these three first-year Admirals:
Right wing. Shoots left. 6-3, 205 lbs. Born, Kista, Sweden, April 19, 1987.
(Signed as a free agent on June 1, 2012).
One of a couple free agent signings expected to make their North American debut after several pro seasons in Europe, Bang has spent the past six seasons with AIK of the Swedish Elite League. A power forward, Bang plays a physical game and uses his size to create space and excel in the close areas.
Defense. Shoots left. 6-3, 234 lbs. Born, Turku, Finland, January 5, 1989.
(Signed as a free agent on May 30, 2012).
Another European pro jumping the pond, Jarvinen earned a Finnish League silver medal in 2012 after helping Pelicans Lahti reach the league finals last spring. During the 2011-12 regular season, he ranked second among all Finnish league skaters in plus/minus rating (+28) and fourth in penalty minutes (125), while also tying for 14th among league defensemen in assists (18), and tying for 18th at the position in points (23). The big, mean blueliner also has international experience, most recently representing Finland at the 2012 World Championships.
Defense. Shoots left. 6-1, 210 lbs. Born, Calgary, Alta., December 12, 1984.
(Signed as a free agent on July 3, 2012).
Moore is an AHL veteran, having played four seasons with Worchester – San Jose’s developmental affiliate – after ending a decorated four-year career at Princeton University in 2007-08. He brings both experience and leadership to a young Admirals team having served as both captain of the Worchester Sharks, and as a senior at Princeton while being named a First-Team All-American and leading the Tigers to an ECAC title. Moore has six NHL games and a goal to his credit, but is best known for getting under the skin of opposing forwards and dishing out big hits.