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Bobby Butler, another one of David Poile’s waiver wire acquisitions, had a decent year for the Predators and truly came into his own toward the end of the season. Hopefully, this will be another feather in Poile’s cap, like Clune was for Nashville this season.
From Then to Now
Bobby Butler has already been on three different NHL teams in just four seasons in the NHL (only three games in his first year with the Senators). He saw some good minutes with Ottawa where he scored 21 points in 36 games in 2010-2011. However in 14 games with New Jersey earlier this year, Butler only scored two points and had a -6 rating.
The change-over to Nashville wasn’t an immediate impact, but he scored a point in his sixth game with the Predators and would go on a modest three-game point streak. He closed out the year with nine points, scoring four in his last five games.
Beyond the Stats
Butler seemed to be the gel that the 3rd/4th lines were missing since Tootoo went to Detr...
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NASHVILLE PREDATORS NAME SCOTT NICHOL DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Nashville, Tenn. (June 5, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has named former Predator Scott Nichol the team’s Director of Player Development.
Nichol will be responsible for following and evaluating prospects...
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They have a number of young players who fit that bill and who played well after being called up from the minors (Milwaukee American Hockey League) late in the season, notably Taylor Beck but also Austin Watson and Filip Forsberg.
This trio may yet turn out to be very good NHL players, but there is a difference between waiting...
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The Nashville Predators announced today that former Predator Scott Nichol has been named the team’s Director of Player Development. Here’s the press release from the Preds… Nashville, Tenn. (June 5,(More here)…
Scott Nichol has retired from playing professional hockey and will accept a job with the Nashville Predators as the team's director of player development, as seen in a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Nichol, 38, was set to become an unrestricted free agent for the Blues and it seemed highly unlikely the team would give him a new deal due to the emergence of Adam Cracknell...