Predators Official Podcast

Predators Official Podcast
The Predators Official Podcast is hosted by the duo of Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten. The 45-minute long program offers inside access to the team, the best interviews with players and analysts and hockey talk in a new and fun way.

Offseason Recap
Jul 19 • 47 min
Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis take a moment to address the state of the Nashville Predators following the NHL Draft, development camp, free agency and a new lease. Plus, Preds Assistant GM Brian Poile joins the show to recap the offseason.
A Lesson in RFAs and Arbitration
Jul 12 • 46 min
Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten peel back the curtain on the RFA and arbitration process. They also take an in-depth look at where Matt Duchene slots in the Preds’ lineup. Plus, Voice of the Predators Pete Weber stops by to remember Greg Johnson.
Welcome, Matt Duchene
Jul 5 • 48 min
The Predators and Matt Duchene finally unite in Nashville as the center signs a seven-year, $56 million contract. He also joins the podcast for his first “anything but hockey” interview.
NHL Free Agency Preview
Jun 27 • 47 min
Do the Predators sign center Matt Duchene in free agency? Someone else? Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten preview the top players available with July 1 and the free-agent signing day looming.
Hometown Visit: Matt Irwin
Jun 21 • 47 min
Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis sift through the plethora of trade and free agency rumors leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft. Plus, the show goes on the road to visit Preds defenseman Matt Irwin in his hometown of Victoria, B.C.
What Did the 2018-19 Season Teach Us?
Jun 14 • 47 min
The Predators announce their 2019 preseason and development camp schedules. The Athletic’s Scott Burnside joins the show to discuss rule changes for next season and how the Preds could improve their roster in the next two weeks.
Power Play with Dan Lambert
Jun 7 • 47 min
Newly hired Preds Assistant Coach Dan Lambert shares his power play philosophy and explains why he wanted to join the Predators. Plus, free agency and trade rumors are heating up with the 2019 NHL Draft a couple weeks away.
Judah & The Lion
May 31 • 48 min
Nate Zuercher of Judah & The Lion joins the show to discuss his band’s new album “Pep Talks” and being a Predators fan. Plus, the IIHF World Championship concludes and Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten answer fan questions on free agents, prospects and…
Roman Josi’s Next Contract
May 24 • 48 min
NHL insider Pierre Lebrun provides his perspective on Preds GM David Poile’s next roster move and frames the conversation on Roman Josi’s next contract. Plus, what lessons should the Preds learn from the 2019 Stanley Cup Finalists?
Free Agent Musings, Scouting Research
May 17 • 48 min
What would it take for the Predators to land a big free agent like Matt Duchene? Plus, Preds Chief Amateur Scout Tom Nolan explains the process of researching and scouting a prospect.
Draft Board Decisions
May 10 • 46 min
The Predators scouting team assembles in Nashville to prepare their prospect board for the NHL Draft. Preds Assistant GM Jeff Kealty provides updates on Eeli Tolvanen, Dante Fabbro, Anthony Richard and more.
The Aftermath
Apr 26 • 48 min
The show takes an in-depth look at the conclusion of the Nashville Predators’ 2018-19 season. Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis talk about the team’s power-play struggles, look at upcoming roster moves and interview players and management on locker…
Hamhuis Mentors, Round One Intensifies
Apr 19 • 48 min
Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis chats playoffs and mentoring Dante Fabbro and Rocco Grimaldi. Plus, Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten dive deep into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Dimming the Stars, Gaining Perspective
Apr 12 • 48 min
The Predators open their Round One playoff series with the Stars. TV Analyst Chris Mason joins the show to chat perspective, team speed and the Preds’ power play. Plus, Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis analyze what we’ve learned from the series so far.
Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition: Round One
Apr 9 • 50 min
Enjoy a bonus episode of the Predators Official Podcast to get you set for the Dallas Stars and Preds Round One playoff series. Sean Shapiro of The Athletic joins to provide insight into the Stars, and Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten break down the…
It’s The Final Countdown
Apr 5 • 47 min
Defenseman Ryan Ellis talks about the significance of game No. 82 and the drama of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Plus, Preds rookies Dante Fabbro and Rem Pitlick share the fun things they’re learning about Nashville and the NHL.
Ticket Punched, Developing Stars
Mar 29 • 47 min
Nashville clinches their spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Predators Director of Player Development and Admirals GM Scott Nichol explains why the club signed Rem Pitlick and Dante Fabbro. Plus, hear from Fabbro prior to his NHL debut.
Mar 22 • 47 min
No one can help themselves from talking playoff berths and seeding with the Stanley Cup Playoffs less than three weeks away. Mikael Granlund joins the show to talk about welcoming his son into the world in the midst of being traded. Plus, hear from newly…
Getting Things Right
Mar 15 • 45 min
With only a handful of games to go in the regular season, the Predators are concerned with playing the right way and picking up points. Plus, Preds defenseman Matt Irwin joins the show to recall his path to the NHL, becoming a father and finding a home in…
Hartsy’s Back, Wayne Train’s Rolling
Mar 8 • 46 min
Predators fan favorite Scott Hartnell makes his return to Nashville and talks about the early days of the franchise and joining the media. New Preds winger Wayne Simmonds gives his top music picks and talks about being traded.
Trading for Wayne Simmonds, Mikael Granlund
Mar 1 • 48 min
After the Preds acquired them at the NHL Trade Deadline, Mikael Granlund and Wayne Simmonds recap their crazy week. Predators Assistant General Manager Brian Poile takes us inside the Preds War Room for the final hour before the trade deadline.
NHL Trade Deadline Edition
Feb 22 • 47 min
The eyes of the hockey world are on Monday’s NHL Trade Deadline. Sportsnet’s NHL Insider Chris Johnston joins the show to provide the latest chatter on all the upcoming moves and shares what trades he thinks the Preds could make. Plus, Brooks Bratten and…
Catchin’ Mike Fisher & Trades, Trades, Trades
Feb 15 • 48 min
Former Predators Captain Mike Fisher speaks on his new life in retirement, the upcoming Mike Fisher Night (Feb. 25) and the birth of his second son with his wife, Carrie Underwood. Preds General Manager David Poile joins the show to share the very latest…
Brian Boyle & The Coach
Feb 8 • 46 min
Forward Brian Boyle sits down for his first interview since being traded from New Jersey to Nashville and discusses his battle with cancer. Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette joins the show to provide behind-the-scenes access into coaching an NHL team.
Jordin Tootoo & The Stretch Run
Feb 1 • 48 min
Predators fan favorite Jordin Tootoo joins the show for a touching interview about his struggle with alcoholism and how the Preds helped saved his life. Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten preview the stretch run of the 2018-19 season and debate whether…
Preds Heading to 2020 Winter Classic
Jan 25 • 47 min
Preds President and CEO Sean Henry talks about the Predators heading to the 2020 Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl Stadium to face the Stars. Nashville Captain Roman Josi joins the show from San Jose to discuss his second-ever appearance at an NHL…
Preds’ Significant Others and Women’s Hockey
Jan 18 • 49 min
It’s an all-ladies edition of the show as Julie Turris and Ida Bjornstad discuss the hidden side of the NHL as significant others of Kyle Turris and Mattias Ekholm. NWHL Deputy Commissioner Hayley Moore talks about the upcoming All-Star Weekend in…
An NHL Goalie & The Predsident
Jan 11 • 51 min
It’s a two-guest show as NHL Network Analyst Kevin Weekes provides perspective on the Predators’ season and Pekka Rinne’s Vezina Trophy chances. Plus, Predators President and CEO Sean Henry talks about the team’s chairman transition and future upgrades…
#PredsMoms and Rocco Fever
Jan 4 • 49 min
Preds forward Rocco Grimaldi talks about #PredsMoms Trip star, Susie Grimaldi and naming his hockey sticks. Plus, Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten look at the Predators’ turnaround and what the roster could look like after their injury issues dissipate.
Kyle Turris and Saying Goodbye to 2018
Dec 21, 2018 • 49 min
Preds forward Kyle Turris shares how the holidays operate in the Turris home. Preds TV Play-by-Play Announcer Willy Daunic joins the show to provide perspective on the Predators’ struggles on the road.
Merry Christmas, Mattias
Dec 14, 2018 • 50 min
Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm stops by to reveal the unique Swedish traditions surrounding Christmas. Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten discuss the Predators’ improved play and Nashville General Manager David Poile being inducted into the U.S. Hockey…
Dec 7, 2018 • 49 min
Prior to being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile joins the show. Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis look at Seattle joining the NHL as the 32nd franchise and answer fan questions on practice, lineup…
Nick Bonino and Being a Dad
Nov 30, 2018 • 49 min
Preds forward Nick Bonino opens up about raising two daughters, playing tricks on his teammates and eating pasta from the Stanley Cup. Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten share some of the activities the Predators have planned for the holidays and Thomas…
And Craig Smith Makes 11
Nov 24, 2018 • 47 min
Preds forward Craig Smith reveals his musical talents, recaps his summer wedding and outlines the lessons learned after adding a Miniature Golden Retriever to the family. Plus, Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis discuss the Preds’ homestand and Ryan…
First Adversity, Then Thanksgiving
Nov 16, 2018 • 49 min
After losing Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban to injury, the Predators are challenged with staying in the upper echelon of the NHL. Plus, Preds Assistant GM Jeff Kealty joins the show to talk Eeli Tolvanen, scouting and what’s next for the team.
Hat Tricks and Saxophones with Colton Sissons
Nov 9, 2018 • 50 min
Fresh off a hat trick, Colton Sissons describes his failed career as a saxophonist and his staples for long road trips. Plus, Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis take a look at the status of the Central Division and speak with SVP of Entertainment &…
Man, myth, legend - Pekka Rinne
Nov 2, 2018 • 51 min
Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne provides an unforgettable interview on the POP. Plus, Preds Manager of Hockey Operations Brandon Walker goes behind the scenes with how he organizes the team’s travel schedule.
Have a (Ryan) Hartman Halloween
Oct 26, 2018 • 50 min
Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten discuss what it takes to get a top forward scoring and offer their sincere Hockey Halloween wishes. Plus, Predators forward Ryan Hartman talks growing up in Chicago and South Carolina and learning from head coach Peter…
Filip Forsberg and a Fast Start
Oct 19, 2018 • 46 min
Predators winger Filip Forsberg joins the show to talk video games, Harry Potter and being traded to Nashville. Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis also evaluate the Preds’ strong start to the season and the club’s goaltending duo.
Joey and the Jets, Doug and Dozer
Oct 12, 2018 • 47 min
The Predators’ rivalry with the Jets takes another step forward. Ryan Johansen joins to talk about his dogs, Doug and Dozer, his family and playing in Smashville.
Oh Look, Hockey is Back!
Oct 5, 2018 • 46 min
The Predators officially embark on the 2018-19 season. Plus, Nashville defenseman Yannick Weber joins the show to talk dogs, charity and hockey.
Elliotte Friedman and the Goal Horn Man
Sep 28, 2018 • 44 min
It’s a two-guest episode as NHL insider Elliotte Friedman and Brian Campbell, the man behind the Predators goal horn, join the Predators Official Podcast.
Hey, Tony! It’s Episode 2
Sep 21, 2018 • 46 min
Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis describe the new cuisine coming to Bridgestone Arena and welcome Predators defenseman Anthony Bitetto to the show to talk life, love and hockey.
A Tale of Two Debuts
Sep 14, 2018 • 46 min
Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten recap the preseason and outline roster battles. They’re also joined by All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban, who talks about his relationship with Olympian Lindsey Vonn and the debut of EA Sports’ NHL 19 video game.