Skates hit the ice this week at Centennial Sportsplex as the Nashville Predators rookies get ready for the Southeast Showcase in Estero, Florida.
There will be 23 skaters making the trek to the Sunshine State ahead of the main camp with the Predators — slated to start Sept. 21 — and preseason action that begins Sept. 25 at the Flordia Panthers.
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The #Preds Rookie camp starts 9/14 with practice at 10 a.m. before going to Estero, Florida for the 2023 Southeast Rookie Showcase.
23 skaters are expected to be part of the showcase.
Games will be played at Hertz Arnea with action starting on 9/15 at 3 p.m. pic.twitter.com/H0Wuv22gKi
— Nick Kieser 🏒 (@KieserNick) September 7, 2023
In terms of new faces at the showcase, Nashville will have the following skaters present: Joakim Kemell, Fedor Svechkov, Jachym Kondelik, Kevin Wall, Narvin Mutter, Luke Evangelista, Jack O’Brien, and Austin Elliott.
Svechkov was not at the development camp due to his wife Estella’s passport not being ready in time to make the journey to the United States. Assistant general manager Scott Nichol told reporters in July that the Russian forward spent the offseason in Nashville once he arrived and development camp ended.
Forward Nolan Burke was present, but did not skate, at the development camp, and was left off the roster yet again for the showcase this coming weekend. Burke previously told Nashville Hockey Now that he was nursing a lower-body injury that he suffered while playing with the Sarnia Sting this last season.
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