Who is your Nashville Predators MVP?

With their date for the playoffs happily assured, let's turn our thoughts to the season as a whole, and how things have worked out for the Nashville Predators. On Friday, we opened the question of which rookie has impressed the most, and now it's time to name a team MVP.

Follow after the jump for a breakdown of the candidates; debate in the comments, and vote in the poll below!

Patric Hornqvist

#27 / Right Wing / Nashville Predators

5-11

186

Jan 01, 1987



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Patric Hornqvist 79 30 21 51 18 40 10 0 8 0 275 10.9

He leads the Predators in goals, total points, Plus/Minus, and snappy t-shirts. Hornqvist's emergence as an NHL scoring threat has been a pleasant surprise after spending most of last season in Milwaukee. Who says the Preds can't develop young offensive talent?


Pekka Rinne

#35 / Goalie / Nashville Predators

6-5

206

Nov 03, 1982



GP MIN W L OTL GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Pekka Rinne 56 3122 31 15 5 132 2.54 1478 1346 .911 7

For a while, we wondered where the amazing rookie from last season went, as he struggled with inconsistency and couldn't lock down the #1 job. Two weeks off to watch the Winter Olympics and a fresh two-year contract have inspired him, however, and Peks has been the best goalie in the league since then. Can he carry this momentum into the playoffs?


Steve Sullivan

#26 / Left Wing / Nashville Predators

5-9

173

Jul 06, 1974



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Steve Sullivan 80 16 34 50 3 35 4 0 4 0 147 10.9

So much for all the "injury-riddled Sully" talk that many national commentators used to write the Preds' off as a playoff contender this season. The Timmins Tornado is one of only 3 Predators to play every game, and his combination of veteran savvy along with "the guts of a burglar"*** make him a threat that draws the attention of opposing defenses with every rush. This season, Sully has used that to his advantage in setting up his teammates, and he leads Nashville with 34 assists.


Shea Weber

#6 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators

6-4

230

Aug 14, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Shea Weber 76 15 26 41 2 36 7 0 3 0 214 7.0

He simply does it all on the blueline, starting with solid, disciplined defense (he's cut his penalty minutes in half from last season). That low PIM total doesn't mean he's not an intimidating presence, however, as he remains one of the strongest physical defenders in the league, playing heavy minutes against top opponents. His slap shot is legendary, putting him 2nd among NHL defensemen in goals scored, and oh yeah, he's got a pretty snazzy t-shirt, too.

So who gets your vote as the MVP of the 2009-10 Nashville Predators???

***An old expression that Hubie Brown used to use to describe Isiah Thomas back in the 80's, when he'd slash between defenders and drive straight to the hoop. I love that phrase.

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