Nashville Predators prospect Reid Schaefer, acquired at the trade deadline from the Edmonton Oilers along with the 24th overall pick in exchange for Mattias Ekholm, was named the Western Hockey League’s Player of the Week. He was the Oilers No. 4-ranked prospect before being traded to Nashville.
Schaefer tallied three goals and four points in three games to help the Seattle Thunderbirds reach the WHL Championship for the second straight season. The 19-year-old forward had 28 goals and 61 points in 55 games during the regular season, ranking fifth on the team in scoring and tied for fourth in goals.
Here’s more Predators news plus top stories from around the NHL in today’s daily:
Nashville Hockey Now
The Milwaukee Admirals and Texas Stars are tied 1-1 in their best-of-five Central Division Final in the Calder Cup Playoffs. The Ads took Game 1 with a 2-1 win before suffering a 5-3 defeat in Game 2.
Roland McKeown (2), Luke Evangelista, Joakim Kemell and Marc Del Gaizo have the Ads goals in the series. The final three games of the series will be played in Cedar Park, Texas. Nick Kieser has a Game 3 preview. Puck drop is Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The 2022-23 Predators season had many memorable moments, including a water main break the day after Thanksgiving that halted the team’s season for a brief period.
That incident came in at No. 13 on the team’s top 20 moments of the year countdown on Tuesday.
Around 6 a.m. on Nov. 25, Predators president and CEO Sean Henry was informed the main concourse and event levels of Bridgestone Arena were flooded and water had begun leaking out onto the street near the Sixth Avenue garage.
Games against the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets were postponed and rescheduled for later in the year, and the Music City Hockey Classic between Northeastern University and Western Michigan was moved to Ford ice Center in Bellevue.
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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Penguins Q&A: Focusing on GM Candidates; Would the Core Stay for Rebuild?
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Washington Hockey Now: Capitals Believed to Have Interest in Spencer Carbery.
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