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Speed needed to be competitive

The play-by-play voice of the Predators shares his perspective on Nashville's team speed.

Updated: December 11, 2000, 8:24 PM ET
By Pete Weber | Special to ESPN.com

As the play-by-play voice of the Predators, I see the team play every game, and I also see the opponents.

But the up-tempo style the Predators play took shape well before I began calling their games. In 1997-98, when GM David Poile began to devise a plan to build the Predators from the ground up, the team's scouts -- including current coach Barry Trotz and assistant Paul Gardner -- were dispatched to look for talent. That was about the same time the NHL decided to crack down on obstruction.

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