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Nash Daily: ‘Developing Smashville;’ NHL Network’s Top 20 D-men



Nashville Predators prospects Tanner Molendyk and Kalan Lind
Photo of Tanner Molendyk, left, and Kalan Lind by John Russell/Nashville Predators

On Monday afternoon, the Nashville Predators announced via X the premier of another behind-the-scenes show on Bally Sports, giving fans an all-access look at Predators development camp titled “Developing Smashville.”


Nashville Hockey Now’s Michael Gallagher and Nick Keiser were both on the ground at development camp in early July with inside coverage of the new draftees, camp invitees, and much more.

Nashville’s farm system is slowly building into a strong array of talent, which should make Thursday’s development camp episode an intriguing inside look. 

The Milwaukee Admirals signed former Penn State skater Kevin Wall to an AHL contract last week. A sixth-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2019, Wall was removed from the team’s reserve list on Aug. 15 after failing to reach a contract. He played four years at Penn State, scoring 43 goals and 86 points in 125 games. He ended his career ranked ninth on Penn State’s all-time list in goals and 10th in points.

Around the NHL and National Hockey Now

Boston Hockey Now: While Nashville’s Roman Josi was ranked No. 5 among NHL Network’s top 20 defensemen in the NHL, the Bruins found two of their own on the list: Charlie McAvoy (No. 6) and Hampus Lindholm (No. 15).

Philadelphia Hockey Now: Oliver Bonk, the 22nd overall selection in the 2023 draft and son of former Predator Radek Bonk, signed his entry-level contract with the Flyers.

LA Hockey Now: Do the Kings have reasons for concern as the 2023-24 season approaches?

Colorado Hockey Now: Depth players make a massive impact on competitive rosters and the Avalanche’s addition of Ross Colton is likely to be a prime example.

Vegas Hockey Now: The Golden Knights joined the Washington Capitals in partnering with ViewLift, enabling their fans to stream local, in-market games through their mobile devices. Goaltender Jonathan Bernier hung up the skates after 14 seasons in the NHL. Nashville fans may remember Bernier when he was in net for the Anaheim Ducks in the 2017 Western Conference Final where Colton Sissons would score a hat trick and lead Nashville to their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.

Follow Clay Brewer on Twitter/X: @ClayBrewer10 

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