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Predators Possible Breakout Stars

Every year, it seems as if someone different steps up for the Nashville Predators, in order to help push them into the postseason. Two years ago, it was Patric Hornqvist’s impressive 30-goal campaign in his first full NHL season that helped carry the team. It happened again just this past season when Sergei Kostitsyn came to the team from the Montreal Canadiens and went on to lead the Preds in scoring. Who could top the list of breakout players in 2011-12?

Niclas Bergfors

Drafted 23rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2005, Niclas Bergfors has yet to reach his true potential. He’s a player that has shown offensive skill and the willingness to shoot the puck, two th...

Logan Couture and the Runner Ups

As you may have heard, Logan Couture signed a contract extension with the San Jose Sharks this past week. The contract will bind him to the Sharks through the 2013-14 season and pays Couture $5.75 million ($2.75M the first year, $3M the second year). This was a smart move by Doug Wilson; now the Sharks top two forward lines, top defensive pairs, and number one goalie are all signed through 2012-13, security that many other teams would die for (namely the Devils and Predators with Parise and Weber, respectively). In light of his new contract, I decided to post this story I wrote a while ago shortly after the NHL Awards.

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Is Ellis Ready for the Big Time?

In the 2009 entry draft, the Nashville Predators selected Ryan Ellis eleventh overall to become the fifth defenseman drafted by the Preds in the first round.At the time, many scouts were saying that if he had been two inches taller, Ellis would have been a top five pick that year, as his skill was unquestionable. The real question was, however, was whether he could transition his game to the NHL-level .

Ellis has been one of the most notable Predators draft picks due in large part to his performances on the world stage at the WJC, winning gold once in 2009 and two silvers in 2010 and 2011. In 2009, he was Canada's 8th defenseman, because of his tremendous skills on the...

Positive Spin on Weber Situation

 

Since the ruling of the arbitration hearing, many people have started dreading the future of Nashville Predators as it’s filled with many question marks and uncertainty regarding its three best players. While the situation is far from perfect, all I have read lately is mostly looking at the negative side, what happens than so instead I’m going to look at the positives and my take on the future.

Weber was awarded a hefty salary of $7.5 million this year making him one of the top paid defenseman in the league which goes along with his status of being one of the top players. With the price tag many assume that the Predators can’t afford it and therefore h...

Will 2011-2012 Predators Offense have more bite?

Last season while a good year for the Predators, really showed what the team lacked and needed going forward to really be a serious cup contender. Many say that the Predators are just one top six forward away from that goal, and many fans hoped this offseason Poile would go out and grab one for the team. Unfortunately he has not done that yet, but has said that if the opportunity arises he will pull the trigger, but until than the team has what it has.

Last year the team ranked 21st in the NHL in goals per game and 22nd in total goals for the regular season. In the playoffs they had sufficient scoring against the Ducks, a team lacking defence and a goalie at the time, bu...

Predators off season so far

 

As July 1st approached and all of Preds nation waited to see what their GM would do after their most successful season in history there was excitement in the air. Many thought that Poile would dive in to the pool of FA and sign some big players as the team made it clear offense is necessary. While 3 days later, Predators fans have been left confused and still waiting.

On July 1st Predator fans did what they always do, sit and watch as players that they thought their team could sign get grabbed by other teams. Fortunately this year some of the signings were ridiculous and I am glad that Poile stayed away from the frenzy. It wasn’t till the 3rd that Poile did someth...

NHLPA Files Grievance Against Nashville Predators

 

Earlier today the media had leaked that there may have been some problems with the Qualifying offers Poile had sent out to his RFAs. There was no word as to what the actually problem was, but when asked about it the Predators were not even aware that there was a problem. The Predators are in the middle of their annual development camp for prospects, and did not seem worried about the situation. 

The NHL then issued a statement saying:

"We are not aware of any defects relating to Qualifying Offers tendered by the Nashville Predators to certain of the team's players as several media outlets are reporting.  Those players, having timely received Qua...

Predators Draft Review and The New Jersey

 

Predators had a fairly calm draft compared to other teams, while others were making huge trades to either better their team or to dump salary, the Predators remained the same. The Predators had 7 picks this year and as well unveiled their new jerseys and logo.

Their first pick of the draft was at number #38 which was given to them in the Arnott trade, and they selected the first goalie Magnus Hellberg. The odd part is that he was not rated as the top goalie prospect, but was in the top 5. He was taken as the Preds saw similarities between him and Lindback and Rinne, which bolds well for the team.

Next was their #52 pic...

Predators File for Arbitration with Weber

The Predators recently filed for arbitration with Shea Weber the team’s captain. While I know I am a little late on the news, I wanted to get some thoughts in about the situation. While some may see this as a breakdown in negotiations between the two sides, I see it as a brilliant move by Poile to insure Weber will be with the team for at least another year. Poile and Weber have both stated their wishes to sign a long term deal so that Weber can remain a Predator for a long time, and this gives Poile time to do that. The hearings cannot take place until after July 20th, so that gives Poile some extra time and teams cannot make an offer sheet to the Preds trying to poach Weber. ...

Giving Up Already?

When players are drafted in the top 10, a lot is expected of them from the fan base of the team they were drafted by. People are normally impatient; if they don’t see quick results, the player can sometimes be dismissed and overlooked. While Colin Wilson was not be lighting up the NHL, he played well enough for a player getting his first taste of a full season, yet people are already beginning to give up on him. For some that watch from the outside looking in, it may seem as though Predators fans are used to waiting for their prospects to develop into solid NHLers. Most players have to first put a season or two into Milwaukee before they get a chance to crack the NHL roster. T...