You've heard this before: The Predators lack a truly elite scoring forward whom opponents have to game-plan for. It's true again this season, but the Predators have a fleet-footed group that can roll four lines with some level of offensive potency. Even before they added Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov last season, the Predators had one of the better offenses in the NHL. Nashville finished 2011-12 with 2.83 goals per game (eighth in the league). At age 31, Martin Erat is in his prime, coming off a career year with 58 points in 71 games. Center David Legwand notched his second-best season with 53 points, and Mike Fisher had the second-most goals in his career with 24. Patric Hornqvist notched 27 goals and seems a lock to at least hit the mid-20s every season. At age 25, he's still improving. The Predators locked up 23-year-old centers Colin Wilson and Craig Smith to new contracts with hopes they can turn into top-six forwards. Smith had 36 points in 72 games as a rookie, and Wilson had 35 in 68 games.
Nashville Predators' forwards feature balance, not superstars
Tennessean | Jan 17