Predators open training camp

Posted on September 12, 2013

The Nashville Predators opened training camp today and there is much to look forward to.

After a disappointing season that saw the Predators miss the playoffs there's no doubt this year's group has higher expectations.

Mike Fisher, who was taking part in his 15th NHL training camp, admitted he couldn't believe how quickly time has gone by.

"Where does the time go," said Fisher. "Can't wait to get the season started."

The Predators released a huge sigh of relief after seeing Pekka Rinne look right at home on the ice. Nashville's top goaltender underwent hip surgery in May, but Rinne declared himself ready to go and said he doesn't anticipate having any issues with the hip.

In addition to Rinne, the Predators have high expectations for rookie Seth Jones. Jones, the Predators first round pick, fourth overall in this year's entry draft, didn't look out of place as he skated with the team's veterans.

"He looked great," said Fisher. "Practice obviously is really hard to tell, but he's a big body, skates real well and has a good shot. We got him where we did, a high draft pick and what we thoughts was the best guy in the draft, for a reason - because he has a lot to bring and is going to be good for us for a long time."

While the Predators would love to have Jones in the lineup, he will need to prove himself at training camp.