It was announced this afternoon that Nashville traded forward Jerred Smithson to the Florida Panthers for a 6th round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Florida… You don’t say…
Maybe they like the fact that Predators are members of the feline family just like they are, but it seems like a lot of guys end up in Florida one way or another after their time with Nashville is up. Of the current Florida roster, their are four former Predators: Marcel Goc, Mike Santorelli, Scottie Upshall, and of course, Jerred Smithson. Here’s the scoop on the other former Preds on the Panthers roster:
Scottie Upshall – He didn’t take the direct flight out of Nashville, so to speak, but he was traded from the Predators to the Philadelphia Flyers back in February of 2007. Since then, he’s played with the Phoenix Coyotes, Columbus Blue Jackets, and is now in the midst of a four year contract with the Panthers.
Aside from those four, there is a plethora of over Preds/Admirals alum that have gone on to appear in games for the Panthers in the past few seasons:
LW Darcy Hordichuk – Played three seasons in Nashivlle, and went on to play 64 games for Florida during the 2010-2011 season.
D Alexander Sulzer – Played five seasons in the Predators organization before being traded just before the trade deadline in 2011. Appeared in nine games with the Panthers and has since signed with Vancouver.
G Tomas Vokoun – Nashville’s starting goaltender for the better part of it’s first eight seasons in the National Hockey League. Signed with Florida before the 2007-2008 season and went on to play four seasons for the team.
RW Hugh Jessiman – Jessiman played two seasons for the Admirals, after which he appeared in two games for the Panthers during the 2010-2011 season.
D Ville Koistinen – Played his first three seasons in North America with Admirals and Predators before dabbling for a few games with Florida and Rochester of the AHL during the 09-10 season. He has since returned to Europe and is playing with Ufa Salavat Yulayev of the KHL.
D Karlis Skrastins – Played five seasons with the Admirals and Predators, and eventuall found his way onto the Florida roster in 2007. He played two seasons for Florida before spending two years with the Dallas Stars. He has since returned to Europe to play with the KHL Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, but sadly was one of the 44 people who were killed in the devastating Russian plane crash that claimed the lives of the entires Lokomotiv team.
Quick, take bets. Who is on the ice tonight here in Milwaukee that’ll be wearing red, white and yellow come the 2013-2014 season?