The smoke coming from Ekholm is like a fire now. he's been placed on the Predator's roster on the official site and he was the best defenseman in arguably the 2nd best league in the world. (Per the 303:30).
To me it's Hillen, Bouillon, Laakso, Josi, Ekholm, and Ellis fighting for Nashville roster spots.
I'm not sure if you listed those in a specific order or not, but I would put Ellis over Bouillon, Laaksom and Ekholm.
Thanks! I think Cam Reid is very underrated and was impressed with his stats in his freshman season on a team that really didn't meet expectations. Disappointed he didn't come to prospect camp in the summer, but happy to now know where he was and the positive results from that experience.
Looking forward to continuing to monitor Cam Reid's development from afar!
ekholm is coming back to SEL right? nashville prospects rarely make the team as long as barry trotz is coaching.
I think he has that option. I think if he doesn't make the team, the front office will try and convince him to go to Milwaukee. If he would be the first defensive call up, maybe he'd give it a try to improve his game on the smaller rink. If the coaching staff couldn't give him some assurance that he may play some in the NHL this year, then I would bet he might go back overseas.
Not sure that would be best for his development though, he was already the best defenseman there and he needs to adjust to the NHL style game and ice.
I hope the Preds we'll give him a role in Milwaukee. That kid was so good 2 years ago. He was probably the best D in the «Q» to drive a Power Play. I know for a fact, my team (Quebec City Remparts) tried to get him at many occasions. I honestly don't know what happened to him last season with the Montreal Junior. That team all together was a big disappointment anyway.
How has «Big Joe» Champagne looked in camp? I read somewhere he's in Milwaukee now trying out for a spot on the roster. Any chance he could make the cut?
Also, I'm so happy Gab Bourque is still in Nashville. Could he be THE surprise of the camp by beginning the season with the Preds?