Key Additions: Marcel Goc, Peter Olvecky, Ben Guite, Ben Eaves Key Subtractions: Greg Zanon, Vernon Fiddler, Scott Nichol, Jed Ortmeyer, Radek Bonk
X-Factor: Steve Sullivan Nashville was a different team with Sully in the lineup last year. It’s clear that he’s the sparkplug for the Preds. Breakout player: Ryan Jones Jones will continue to develop and improve his game in his 2nd year in the league. Prospect to watch: Colin Wilson The highly-touted prospect has a chance to crack the Preds’ lineup to open the season. On the hot seat: Martin Erat He’s received a lot of criticism from Pred Nation the last year or so. The highest-paid player on the team has to kick his point totals to another notch. Fantasy Corner- Buy: Shea Weber Sell: David Legwand Sleeper: Ryan Jones
Bold Prediction: Defenseman Shea Weber will eclipse the 60-point mark for the first time in his career.
Team Overview: Hard work over the last 3 months didn’t quite pay off last spring, as the Predators fell just short of their 5th consecutive playoff appearance. By the looks of it, they could have a tough time making it this year. They re-signed forwards Sullivan and Ward, but lost key guys like Zanon and Fiddler. A healthy season from the team’s top forwards will be necessary. Even if Pekka Rinne avoids a sophomore slump, it’s hard to imagine them getting off that playoff bubble unless they get more help up front.
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