Record- 16-23-9 (Last Place Central Division)
Nashville 2013 Draft Class (wiki.com)
|2013||1||4||Seth Jones||United States||D|
|2013||5||140||Teemu Kivihalme||United States||D|
Summary- The Predators are built on the Barry Trotz system which is extremely boring to watch, but it has been very succesful for most seasons. 2013 was not one of those seasons which started with the offseason loss of Ryan Suter to the Minnesota Wild. The Predators could not muster offense especially on the road and no matter how great Pekka Rinne played if the Preds got behind it was a serious struggle to come back. The Trotz system is built on playing defense with either a tie game or the lead, but the system struggles from behind.
The good news on the horizon is that Seth Jones slipped to the #4 spot and the Predators were able to select the top rated defenseman to fill in the spot vacated by Suter. Another move in the offseason for the Predators was signing Viktor Stalberg which was a very curious signing with Stalberg struggling with responsibilities while playing for the Blackhawks so how in the world is he going to fit in with the system like Predators.
If you ask a Predators fan they are a playoff team, but most people think they will be at least a year away from getting back to the playoffs unless Rinne stands on his head for an 82 game season which with their lack of offense still could come up short. Luckily the Division has gotten weaker which could work to the Predators advantage in the end.
We caught up with Patrick Helper the editor of the Nashville Predators Fansided site Predlines.com and he answered some questions for our Conference Call Wednesday so here’s how the Q & A went with Patrick.
Bu-1. Will the Predators have more success in the new Central Division, with weaker teams in Dallas and Colorado?
PL-The new Central does move the odds in Nashville’s favor. Dallas will play the”Ruff” system, a system I have been watching for 15 years. The Predators should match up well vs. Dallas. As for Colorado, I think the addition of the Avs may be a wash. The two teams may go back and forth. I think The Predators playoffs hope may lie in winning the series vs. Dallas and Colorado.
BU-2. What needs to happen for Pekka Rinne to put his name in the conversation as an elite goaltender once again?
PL-If you ask me Rinne is 1 good year away from being an elite goaltender. His career regular season numbers are GAA 2.36 and his SV% is .920. All he needs to do is get a little below his career stats and I think his name will start to be in the elite group. He may get some run if he has a good Olympic outing
PL-Erat is the lose I think will hurt the Predators most, He had 21 points in 36 games last year. I could see Gabriel Bourque, or Colin Wilson making up the difference. As for filling Yip’s void, I don’t see this lose as a big deal. For his career Yip only has 56 points. One name that keeps coming up in my mind is Mike Fisher. It would be a great thing to see him up his game. I’m looking for a 60+ point year from Mike Fisher.
BU-4. How big of an impact well Viktor Stalberg have on jump starting the Predators offense?
PL-Stalberg may be a wild card. His addition should yield around 30 points, and give a much needed breakout option.
BU-5. Will the Predators have trouble keeping up with Stalberg’s speed to use him effectively?