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Nashville Predators: 2015-16 Season Projection

2014-2015 Overall Record: 47-25-10 (104 Points) 3rd in the Western Conference

***Lost in GM 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Against the Chicago Blackhawks***


Nashville Predators: 2014-2015 Team Leaders

Notable Offseason Losses:

G Magnus Hellberg (Rights Traded to New York Rangers)

F Taylor Beck (Rights Traded to Toronto Maple Leafs)

Notable Offseason Acquisitions:

F Max Reinhart (Former Team: Calgary Flames)

F Jamie Devane (Former Team: Toronto Maple Leafs)

D Barret Jackman (Former Team: St. Louis Blues)

F Cody Hodgson (Former Team: Buffalo Sabres)

Main Team Stats Breakdown:

GFA (Goals For Average): 2.71 (NHL Ranking: 14th)

GAA (Goals Against Average): 2.42 (NHL Ranking: 9th)

SV% (Save Percentage): .913 (NHL Ranking: 10th)

Before the start of last season, there were few words from anyone who could truly provide a confident assessment on what Nashville would look like. The main question was, how would Nashville perform without the only head coach Nashville had ever known in Barry Trotz. Nashville obviously answered those doubts in more ways than one. Two key moves were made before the start of last season by bringing in Peter Laviolette as the new head coach, as well as taking a chance at Arizona’s problem, Mike Ribeiro. After Nashville began last season,  the team took off to the races. For a good while, it was everyone else trying to catch up. This upcoming season, the Predators will look to build off of last season’s success.Mike-Ribeiro

This is the second year in a row that Nashville has been one of the best at making the right moves, under general manager David Poile. Poile has done an outstanding job picking selectively, while staying financially sound. Adding longtime Blues defenseman, Barret Jackman, was a solid acquisition. Jackman will only benefit the organization; he’s a reliable veteran whose mentorship for players like the young talented Seth Jones, will be more than worth the compensation of 2 million annually. Cody Hodgson is a bit of a wild card, but not for what Nashville is providing him in compensation. If Hodgson can perform as once projected, Nashville will have attained a very valuable piece to an already deep group of forwards. Decisions like these will continue to help the Predators contend at a high level, at least for the foreseeable future. Last season was definitely not a fluke. Expect to see Nashville at the top of the standings yet again, as well as a probable deep Playoff run.

2015-2016 Season Projection: 2nd in the Central Division

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