Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Predators GM David Poile Speaks at the Team's Year End Press Conference (Video and Key Points)

Predators GM David Poile speaks at the Predators year end press conference. Follow the jump for the video and a list of key points that were made.

Key Points...

List of firsts in this year's playoffs.

Fifth youngest team in the NHL.

Fifteen players came through the Preds system. Thanks to scouting staff.

Support of ownership group in many ways.

Increased media exposure.

NHL Award nomination plus Shea Weber and Blake Geoffrion local awards.

Recovery from last years flood and improvements in facilities.

Change in team leadership.

Signing of Matthew Lombardi.

Plans changes at begging of year. Rinne and Lombardi injuries in first two games.

330 man-games lost with 173 at the center position.

Ownership gave OK for Fisher deal.

After trading deadline lost Marcel Goc.

After March 9 were in 10th or 11th place and went 11-3-1 to secure playoff spot.

Want to build team through draft choices.

Players from juniors playing in Milwaukee and Craig Smith on the top line in the World Championships.

Josi and Ellis top defensive prospects along with Ekholm from Europe.

Shea Weber is a priority.

Want to talk to rest of unrestricted free agents.

No update on Lombardi, not progressing. Bouillon better but also worrisome. No guarantee they will be back.

Discussion of calendar and conditioning camp.

More Later...

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