The end of the lockout means the end of guys playing where they shouldn’t be. Not just with NHL players overseas but also right here in North America. And with NHL camps about to open this weekend, the Nashville Predators are sure to make some organizational adjustments that will shake up the depth chart.
Let’s start from the top and work ourselves down. Based on General Manager David Poile’s comments on Monday, we know that both Ryan Ellis and Jon Blum will get serious consideration for the big club in camp. Anybody else’s recall, however, is a big question mark.
The Preds lost some toughness when Jordin Tootoo signed with the Detroit Red Wings last summer. Poile, himself, has admitted that Michael Latta may be his heir apparent.
“He’s a little bit of a disturber,” Poile told us back in August. “He’s maybe a little bit of a Tootoo replacement eventually. He’s an in-your-face type of guy.”
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