NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 06: Shea Weber #6, Martin Erat #10, and Ryan Suter #20 of the Nashville Predators celebrate a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Bridgestone Arena on December 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The NHL regular season is a long 82-game grind, and it's easy to see the latest day-to-day results as being indicative of a player's total contribution. Right now, the team is riding Sergei Kostitsyn's hot goal-scoring touch, which has helped Mike Fisher pile up a healthy number of assists of late. It's helpful on occasion to set those performances in proportion to the overall campaign, however.
Just before Opening Night, I took a stab at how the major offensive contributors on the Preds would fare this season.
So how are those predictions turning out so far? Let's take a look...
The table below shows the predictions I made back in October on the left, with the season-long totals each Predator is currently on pace for.
|Prediction||On Pace For|
|Patric Hornqvist||80||28||27||55||50||280||80||22||13||35||45||216||Very disappointing so far, shots are down ~30% from pace of last two seasons.|
|Martin Erat||70||18||37||55||40||125||67||19||35||54||22||101||Same old Marty. Inspiring sometimes, invisible at others.|
|Sergei Kostitsyn||82||18||35||53||30||120||71||19||22||41||37||76||Does his recent hot streak give hope for the 2nd half?|
|Colin Wilson||82||24||26||50||30||160||76||15||28||43||28||127||A strong push to the playoffs could earn him millions.|
|Shea Weber||82||14||31||45||70||240||75||17||43||60||48||233||Could set a new franchise scoring record for defensemen (55 by Timonen in 2006-7).|
|David Legwand||75||18||27||45||30||160||75||22||28||50||22||142||Enjoying his best season since Paul Kariya rode alongside.|
|Ryan Suter||82||5||37||42||60||130||82||9||37||47||48||162||He picked a good time to challenge his career-best numbers.|
|Mike Fisher||75||17||23||40||70||170||67||15||28||43||28||142||So far, so good.|
|Jonathon Blum||82||9||24||33||50||110||62||6||7||13||11||47||When will he get back to the NHL, and will it still be with Nashville?|
|Cal O`Reilly||65||9||24||33||10||70||48||4||7||11||7||24||Waived by both the Preds and Coyotes already.|
|Niclas Bergfors||82||17||14||31||8||160||11||1||1||2||2||11||This year's Kostitsyn? More like this year's Svatos. Woof.|
Overall? The O'Reilly and Bergfors flameouts were a letdown, but most of the rest are in the ballpark. Obviously Jordin Tootoo has been a revelation, as I didn't even both including him as a fantasy hockey prospect.
What are your thoughts on the performance of some of the individual Preds to this point? Who has impressed, and who has been a disappointment?