The sign times were changing in Nashville. Once Peter Laviolette was hired, the system was going to be tweaked for a more offensive flair. The first step to this organizational turning point came on the day of the 2014 NHL draft when David Poile traded away the net front presence of Patric Hornqvist and utility […]
A prototypical top six forward who continues to be a model of consistency. With so many new storylines coming out of the bounce back year for the team, one remained the same. Craig Smith puts the puck in the net on a regular basis. An outstanding freshman year in 2011-2012 did see a regression […]
He’s not the first name that comes up when describing the Nashville defense core, but Ekholm has taken strides to be a top player at his position. A consistent presence on the left side of the second defensive pair this past year allowed him to perform at a new level. The 25 year old Swede […]
The past season didn’t start or finish well for Mike, but as a whole could be described as a success. The summer was brutal for the veteran as he suffered a torn Achilles that would push back his season debut until late November. Many wondered if the 34 year old would be able to […]
The trade deadline brought two former Predators back to where it all started. One of which, Mike Santorelli, looked to provide the bottom six with a much needed scoring punch. While it never materialized, the blame can’t all be put on the former Maple Leaf. As the news broke of the trade in the […]
The Phenom. The Prince. The rookie sensation might have been the best part of a great season for the team. From the outset, he showed the entire league he was here to stay and make a significant impact on a nightly basis. A 63 point campaign led the resurgence of the Predator’s offense. Surprisingly, […]
The wily veteran could very well have played his last season. If this is the end, Cullen can look back on a very long, solid career that saw him lift the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes. Not many players can hang up the skates with that on their resume. Cullen came […]
The Captain. Those words best describe what Shea brings to the team each and every night. Anchoring the defense core, firing cannons from the point, and delivering physical punishment are just a few of the duties laid on his shoulders. While Weber saw a slight slip in production with 11 less points this season, […]
The Ontario native took a step forward in the 2014-2015 season. After inking a new deal before the start of the season, Ryan proved the new five year contract was well worth it by performing at a consistent level throughout the season. The former first round pick definitely had his fair share of struggles […]
The second year defenseman avoided a sophomore slump after a solid rookie season, but didn’t exactly make a huge leap, either. The great physical skill set is easily seen on a nightly basis with his tremendous skating ability and offensive prowess. On the other hand, there are times Seth looks like a young defenseman and […]
Episode 28 of the Third Season of The Predcast!
The season had its ups and downs that ended in a heartbreaking series lost, but through it all worth it in the end. The optimism for the future is clear as young guys stepped up to the center stage and performed while prospects continue to develop at a rapid pace in the minors. Arguably […]
Episode 27 of the Third Season of The Predcast!
Episode 26 of the Third Season of The Predcast!
This week we are all excited for the beginning of the NHL Playoffs. I know there will be plenty of series previews for the Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks to read so I wanted to do something a little bit different for mine. I asked one of my favorite writers that I talk Preds hockey with […]