News & Notes: Leipsic and Winterhawks advance, Ads and Cyclones lose

There were quite a few news and notes around the Nashville Predators’ organization on Friday. LEIPSIC LEADS WINTERHAWKS TO WHL FINALS When the Preds took him in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, they never could have imagined that Brendan Leipsic would go onto become the leading scorer in all of Canadian Major Junior the following season (120 points in 68 games). If...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Off-Season Fun: Best pre-game intro video ever?

The Nashville Predators have put together some amazing intro videos in the past but this… this may set a new standard to which any and all intro videos will be measured. In every league. Ever. The Halifax Mooseheads are not only the defending QMJHL Champions but they’re the defending Memorial Cup Champions, having beat Seth Jones, Brendan Leipsic and the rest of the Portland...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Victoria Royals Capitalize On Power Play Chances To Win 2-1 Over The Portland Winterhawks

The Portland Winterhawks went to Victoria for games Monday and Tuesday with a goal in mind. Either end the series there or gain a split and bring it back to Portland to end it here. On Monday, the Hawks, either travel weary or just not fully prepared for the Royal assault that they would face, handed the Royals eight power plays on which they scored the only two goals they needed...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Winterhawks Look To A Royal Welcoming

The Portland Winterhawks entered the second season also known as the playoffs with yet another thing to prove. Their run at the Memorial Cup fell a bit short last season and they’d like to make up for that. Having another solid season, coupled with a run of 31 wins in the past 32 games doesn’t hurt either. Their sweep of the Vancouver Giants wasn’t unexpected, though the Giants...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Two Minutes For Being Thirsty: Dick Move Or The Most Pathetic Call In Hockey History?

I mean, I probably would’ve sticked the guy in the back of the head for doing it, but this might seriously be the worst call ever made in a hockey game. Brendan Leipsic of the WHL Portland Winterhawks got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for drinking the opposing goalie’s water bottle. No, for real: I’m gonna assume there’s a context here, like the goalie has OCD and...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Winterhawks Win The Weekend, Push Streak To 20

The Portland Winterhawks have done something this season they didn't do last season even though they made it to the Memorial Cup Final. After playing a three game in three night grueling set of games, the Hawks find themselves just three points out of top spot in the league and an astounding 20-game winning streak.  In two games this weekend, that streak found itself in...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Preds prospect Brendan Leipsic scores amazing goal

When the Nashville Predators drafted Brendan Leipsic in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft, they didn’t expect to be drafting the following season’s leading scorer in all of Canadian major junior. And, it’s pretty safe to say, they didn’t expect this either. The goal on Wednesday was Leipsic’s 30th of the year. He currently sits in sixth in WHL scoring (65 points) despite...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Winterhawks Clip Tips, Gunning In On Number One

Since the trade deadline, the Portland Winterhawks have gotten good...real good. It's almost scary to think what their record would have been had they not lost players to the World Juniors and if they had the team they do now at the start of the season. With their seventh straight win, the Hawks continue to make it clear they want to be US Division Champions again. While...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite A Couple Of Rip Currents, Portland Winterhawks Still Making Waves Of Their Own

Leading up to Christmas, the Portland Winterhawks were fortunate or unfortunate in some people's minds, when 5 players headed to World Junior camps that took place in Malmo, Sweden in anticipation of the championship game into the new year. Oliver Bjorkstrand helped to move Denmark out of the relegation round and back into a contending team for next year, however, Layne Viveiros...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Winterhawks Keep Rocking And Then Go Shopping

The Portland Winterhawks ended the month of November near the top of the WHL, holding an advantage of nearly 40 more goals scored than any other team and are moving up the ladder in goals against which has come down in recent games. With just one loss, that in overtime in their past 6 games and an impressive come from behind win over Saskatoon Blades, the Hawks look to their second...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Tonight officially puts last season in the past for Predators

It cannot be denied. Even the biggest Nashville Predators homer has to accept the fact that last year was an absolute nightmare. A team that had made the playoffs seven of the previous eight seasons (and, the one time they didn’t, were in it until the final days) expects nothing less than a competitive team. Instead, the Predators were everything but. They tied for the fewest...
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October 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Preds trim the roster; Eight sent to Milwaukee, Leipsic returned to Portland

For the second day in a row, the Nashville Predators made some roster cuts. There are now 33 players remaining in training camp. Eight players were reassigned to the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate, and last year’s leading scorer in all of junior hockey, Brendan Leipsic, has been returned to the Portland Winterhawks. Swiss forward Simon Moser, in camp on a tryout...
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Preds roster now sits at 33

A day after cutting nineteen from the training camp roster, the Nashville Predators decided to let go of nine more. With Saturday's cuts, the roster is now at thirty-three.  Brendan Leipsic will be returning to the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks, due to an age rule. However, it does appear that Leipsic is ready to make the next step in turning pro. ...
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Predators cut another nine from training camp, roster now down to 33

Nashville’s active roster currently sits at 33 players, 21 forwards, 9 defenseman, and 3 goaltenders. Below is a list of the players that have been sent back to their respective teams: Reassigned to Junior Teams Brendan Leipsic (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) Reassigned to Milwaukee (AHL) Scott Darling Scott Ford Magnus Hellberg Kevin Henderson Michael Liambas Bryan Rodney Scott Valentine...
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Leipsic good enough for AHL, destined for Junior thanks to age rule

Before the season starts, the Nashville Predators organization will probably lose one of their top prospects to the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks. (Take a deep breath, Preds fans. It’s not Seth Jones.) Brendan Leipsic was selected by Nashville in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft (89th overall) and instantly became a weapon in the organization’s arsenal....
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Duh on me

(USA Hockey) You would think that a college student would be able to read a calendar but no I stepped on myself Thursday and missed the games. Canada defeated Sweden 7-3 while Team USA rallied from down 3-1 to force overtime and then win it in the shootout 4-3. Sorry nothing of any real value to report on from the camp, Brady Skjei was a healthy scratch which in my eyes means...
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August 09, 2013  |  Discuss


Yikes Team USA got shutout by Sweden 4-0 at the USA Summer Evaluation Camp on Wednesday and there really isn't a whole lot of good to report from this game. The 2 New York Ranger prospects Brady Skjei and Cristoval "Boo" Nieves just looked like they were thinking too long about what they wanted to do. That led to them making bad decisions or just sloppy play something...
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August 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Preds prospects to represent well at Jr. Evaluation Camp

Five Nashville Predators prospects will be headed to Lake Placid, New York for the 2013 Junior Evaluation Camp lasting from Saturday, August 3 through Saturday, August 10. Four nations will be participating in the camp -- Canada, Finland, Sweden and United States of America. Everyday, players will hit the ice at least once, where the Miracle on Ice occurred. Zach Stepan is...
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August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Three Minutes With: 2012-13 CHL leading scorer Brendan Leipsic

Every year during Development Camp, we pick Nashville Predators prospects, players, coaches and personalities to be a part of our Three Minutes With… interview series. The summer of 2013 is no different and we’re bringing you a great lineup this year.In today’s edition, we sit down with Portland Winterhawks forward, Hockey Canada’s national junior team development camp invite...
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July 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Leipsic won’t let lack of size stop him

Brendan Leipsic lit it up offensively last season, but the knock on him has been that he's too small. However, he's not going to let that keep him from realizing his dream...
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July 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Development Camp Wrap-Up

The Nashville Predators organization wrapped up its annual development camp Saturday afternoon. The camp is designed to assess and better prospects in the organization as well as a few invitees who are not in the system. The on-ice sessions mainly consisted of drills but was capped off with an exciting, intersquad scrimmage game on Saturday.  I was on-hand at Centennial Sportsplex...
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July 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Three Minutes With: Predators Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty

Prev1 of 1NextEvery year during Development Camp, we pick Nashville Predators players, coaches and personalities to be a part of our Three Minutes With… interview series. The summer of 2013 is no different and we’re bringing you a great lineup this year. In today’s edition, we sit down with Predators Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty to get his take on a handful of prospects...
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July 10, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Predators Development Camp roster

The Nashville Predators PR department released the Development Camp roster for this year. Development Camp will be held at Centennial Sportsplex all next week. More info here. Forwards Pontus Aberg Chase Balisy Zach Budish Filip Forsberg Sebastien Geoffrion Felix Girard Max Gortz Ludwig Karlsson Brendan Leipsic Michael Liambas Wade...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Predators announce 2013 Development Camp Roster

From the Nashville Predators PR Department, below is a look at the players coming in to development camp next week: FORWARDS Pontus Aberg, Chase Balisy, Zach Budish, Filip Forsberg, Sebastien Geoffrion, Felix Girard, Max Gortz, Ludwig Karlsson, Brendan Leipsic, Michael Liambas, Wade Murphy, Joe Pendenza, Emil Pettersson, Miikka Salomaki, Josh Shalla, Colton Sissons...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Predators Draft Class

The Nashville Predators' brass leaves the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey as a better team. A total of ten players are inserted into the Predators' organization and hopefully help the NHL club in the foreseeable future. Four Canadians, three Fins, two Americans and one Swede were drafted by Nashville. The most surprising number is the amount of Finnish players...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss
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