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NHL Central Division: Team Offense Comparison For 2016-17

By Colin Likas
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May 3, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left winger Filip Forsberg (9) celebrates with left winger Colin Wilson (33) after a goal during the third period against the San Jose Sharks in game three of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 3: Nashville Predators

I may have the Preds too low here, considering the one key move they made in the offseason.

Adding P.K. Subban isn’t just great for the defense. The one-time Norris Trophy winner put up 51 points last season and has exceeded 50 each of the last three years. He’s going to create a lot of chances from the back. And with Roman Josi back there as well, Nashville is going to get a ton of offensive push from the back end.

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And that’s not even taking into account the Preds’ forwards. Filip Forsberg is a hot young commodity who projects to keep getting better. A healthy Mike Fisher is still solid offensively. James Neal might be a bit of a turd, but he can produce.

Ryan Johansen, Colin Wilson and Craig Smith are also nice complementary pieces on offense. And young guys like Calle Jarnkrok, Viktor Arvidsson and Colton Sissons could bring more to the plate as time goes on. And under the direction of Peter Laviolette, the offense is in a good place.

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