Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 7/23/13
At around seven o’clock on June 30th, Emil Pettersson’s name was called on the draft floor inside the Prudential Center in scenic Newark, New Jersey. But in Sundsvall, Sweden (or about 10 miles outside of it, rather), Emil Pettersson had been waiting up, refreshing his internet until two o’clock in the morning to find out that he had been drafted by the Nashville Predators with the 155th pick overall in the sixth round of this year’s draft. “I didn’t expect anything,” says Pettersson when asked if he knew he was going to get drafted. “But I had talked to a few clubs before the draft.” Obviously, one of those clubs was Nashville. The nineteen year old was the only Swedish-born player drafted by the Predators in this year’s draft and their first ever out of the Timra IK system, a team about 400 miles north of Stockholm on the east coast of Sweden. For Pettersson, coming to Nashville Predators development camp during the second week of July was an entirely new experience. He had virtua...
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