Predators news and notes

By Brian Roe

Line of Erat, Orszagh, Arkhipov

Prospects Martin Erat, Vladimir Orszagh, and Denis Arkhipov are
making some serious noise in the National Hockey League this year. Erat
leads the Nashville Predators in assists (8) and points (10). He is
also second among rookies in scoring in the NHL. Orszagh, the former
New York Islander, has 3 goals and 6 assists this season while playing
in 14 contests. Arkhipov has 3 goals and 3 assists while centering this
new, exciting line.

Martin Erat, 20, was the biggest surprise out of training camp this
season. The winger has given the
Predators a very nice offensive boost early on in the season. Vladimir
Orszagh, who played last season in the Swedish hockey league, has also
become an offensive force. Orszagh has shown very high intensity and is
not afraid to shoot the puck. Denis Arkhipov played 40 games last
season with Nashville, scoring 6 goals and 7 assists. However, this
year he is getting increased ice time, has moved from winger to the
center position and already has half the points that he had all of last

This line has thrown in almost one-third of the team’s offense and is
giving Nashville fans some exciting hockey to watch. Orszagh is
considered the veteran of line at 23. The
future of the Predators organization could be on the sticks of these
three young players. Orszagh is on pace for
53 points, Arkhipov is on pace for 33 points and Erat on pace for 60

Missing Hartnell

The future captain of the Predators, Scotty Hartnell, has been out with
injury the past few games. Hartnell, 19, already has more goals this
season (3) than all of last season where he played in 75 of the 82 team
games. Hartnell can play winger and center lines and even though he is
only 19, he is very valuable to the young Predators.

Tenkrat acquired

An original Predator, Patric Kjellberg was traded to the Anaheim
Mighty Ducks last week. In return, the Predators received 24-year old
winger Petr Tenkrat. Tenkrat, who is now with the Milwaukee Admirals,
is not expected to make the big club this season. The 5’11 winger was
an original draft choice of Anaheim in the 6th round of the 1999 draft.
He played 46 games last season with the Mighty Ducks scoring 5 goals and
9 assists.