We already know that youth will be relied upon more than ever in the upcoming season for the Nashville Predators, but what catches my interest this morning is the question of which young forward will score more in the year ahead? Sergei Kostitsyn, or Colin Wilson?
|2010 - Sergei Kostitsyn||77||23||27||50||+10||20||4||1||2||93||24.7|
He came out of nowhere to lead the Preds in scoring last season, but as I'm sure you're sick of me saying, that Shooting Percentage figure has "fluke" written all over it. Can he learn to drive the puck to the net more aggressively, and keep producing when the level of competition rises?
Kostitsyn finished last season on a line with Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist, a combination which, if left intact, could lead to plenty of prime opportunities.
|2010 - Colin Wilson||82||16||18||34||+9||17||2||0||2||101||15.8|
Willy appeared to take a step forward through the early part of the season, but after the All-Star Break things took a turn for the worse, and his ice time often dropped to less than 10 minutes a game from March onward. Things didn't get any better in the playoffs, as he appeared in only 3 games of the Vancouver series.
The departure of Steve Sullivan would appear to open the door to a full-time Top 6 role that's waiting for Wilson if he can earn the trust of the coaching staff. Can he step up in what is a critical contract year for him?
Feel free to debate the question of which of these two will outscore the other in the comments below after reading your morning hockey notes...
Nashville Predators News
2011 | Toast of Music City
Congrats to the Section 303 gang, which will represent the Predators fan base again as finalists in the "Best Blog" category of the Tennessean's annual poll. Among recommendations we shared in our Hockey Fan's Guide to Toast of Music City voting, Bridgestone Arena is a finalist for Best Music Venue, Vanderbilt is in the running for Best Hospital, Carrie Underwood is up for Best Celebrity, Willy Daunic is a finalist for Best Sports Reporter, and Pekka Rinne is a candidate for Best Local Pro Athlete.
Pekka Rinne a finalist in 2011 Toast of Music City… | Section 303
Pekka's a finalist for more than just the Vezina this year, and Jeremy sees that as another sign that the Preds are making inroads in the overall Nashville market.
Three Minutes With (Preds prospect edition): Taylor Beck… | Section 303
For a guy like Beck, there is ample opportunity to earn an NHL job in this organization. Probably not this year, but down the road? His will be a very interesting season to follow.
Hockey Night in Nashville: NHL12 Preview
Robby previews the latest version of
hockey crack the EA Sports staple.
Preds On The Glass: POTG Tuesday Headlines, News, and Links
Buddy had to suffer through a Blue Screen of Death yesterday, but still brings the morning links as usual.
Speculative Friction | The Predatorial
Jeremy compares the polar extremes of the fan base which either trusts in Poile to do the right thing, and those who aren't happy with what they've seen this summer. Personally, I don't doubt Poile's ability to deliver another 5-8th place finish in the West in 2011-12, but I have serious reservations about anything north of that, based on where things stand today. The big question is, what sort of expectations do people have?
Red Light District: Off-Season Grades: Central Division
Ryan gives David Poile the worst grade among his divisional peers.
Around the NHL
Looking ahead to 2011-12: Ranking the NHL’s top 25 centers - Puck Daddy
If you're prone to jealousy, it's best not to look here, Preds fans.
NHL goalies net less pay than scorers, defensemen - USATODAY.com
One has to wonder how the evolution of the goalie market will affect Pekka Rinne's next deal. I get nervous about the idea of the Preds tying him up for $5 million+ annually, when you can get something decent for around $2 million.
Bettman's salary tops $7.5-million - The Globe and Mail
Business has been growing for the league at large...
Statement from Ryan Boogaard regarding younger brother Aaron Boogaard | StarTribune.com
Mike Russo got reaction from the Boogaard family to the charges recently leveled against Aaron in the death of his brother Derek.
The Theory and Nature of Current Advanced Hockey Analysis | FlamesNation
A good "lay of the land" review of hockey stats analysis from Kent Wilson.
An Introduction to Hockey Analytics Part 3: The Perils of Sample Size - Lighthouse Hockey
Also known as, "why I don't think Matt Halischuk should be relied on yet."
Down Goes Brown: Countdown to opening night: Remaining offseason tasks for the Winnipeg Jets
Here's one: "Figure out some way to make ice in time for the home opener on October 9th, since every flat surface in Winnipeg isn't normally covered in several inches of ice until October 15th."
2012 Draft-Eligible Goalies - The Goalie Guild
Just in case you're wondering who the Preds might pick next summer.
In which gossip columnists invade the Philadelphia Flyers offseason - Broad Street Hockey
Well, it's certainly hard to justify the Mike Richards and Jeff Carter deals based on pure hockey criteria.
How to clean your hockey equipment | Hockey Gear HQ - news, reviews & deals
Besides the need to fight The Stench, that foul, uniquely characteristic odor which emanates from nasty hockey gear, there are also safety issues to consider.