2010-11 Nashville Predators Report Card: Patric Hornqvist

With the season now over, it's time to take a look back and examine each player's individual performance. We'll briefly break it down, and then offer a letter grade for the year. It's report cards, Nashville Predators-style, from Blum to Wilson. Next up: Patric Hornqvist.

Patric Hornqvist

#27 / Right Wing / Nashville Predators

5-11

188

Jan 01, 1987

GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT

2010 - Patric Hornqvist

2010-11 playoffs

79

12

21

2

27

1

48

3

11

-2

47

6

6

1

0

0

5

0

265

43

The Skinny: Patric Hornqvist burst onto the scene in 2009-10, leading the Predators in goals with an even 30, which led to significantly raised expectations, even though he only had one productive season under his belt. David Poile was able to re-sign the restricted free agent to a deal that at the time was considered a good one, and still may be. Patric Hornqvist headed into training camp this season with the expectation of leading Nashville in goals once again and hopefully surpassing his previous year's total. 

The reason Hornqvist's success seems to be easily replicated is because he shoots the puck with reckless abandon, whereas a player like Sergei Kostitsyn relied on an unrealistically high shooting percentage. 

The Performance: Unfortunately, Patric Hornqvist regressed, scoring nine fewer goals while only taking ten fewer shots on the year. His assist total increased, but he was unable to find the back of the net over extended periods, and one wonders how much of an impact an improved performance from Hornqvist could've had on the Predators' regular season standing. Hornqvist's playoff production was even worse, which, in my opinion, crippled Nashville's chances of advancing to the Western Conference finals. 

The Grade: Keep in mind that these grades are being awarded on a curve, or relative to expectations. For Hornqvist, we had this to say before the season started: 

In short - to prove that last year was not an aberration, but the beginning of the norm. If he does not score at least 25 or 30 goals again, then the coaching staff (and fans) will have reason to be disappointed. By giving him a 3 year deal, David Poile took a leap of faith. Its up to Patric to reward him.    

In sum, I'd have to consider Patric Hornqvist's 2010-11 a disappointment. Thankfully, Hornqvist has developed into an effective agitator, so he was never completely ineffective, but put simply, the Predators did not get what they needed out of someone expected to be perhaps the top winger on the team. C for the Horn Dog. 

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