FanPost

So NOW where are they now?

At the end of January, I wrote a FanPost about the many players the Predators lost over the summer because I was interested to see how they were doing. Someone suggested that I do a follow-up article at the end of the season, so with one game left to go for every team, I figured now would be the time!

So, without further ado, I give you Joel Ward, Cal O'Reilly, Marcel Goc, Cody Franson, Matthew Lombardi, Shane O'Brien, and Steve Sullivan.

Star-divide

Joel Ward -- Washington Capitals

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Predators: 2010-2011

80

10 19 29 -1 42 5 0 4 157

Capitals: 2011-2012

73

6 12 18 +12 20 0 0 0 79

I think Washington expected something different out of Joel Ward than what they have received, but such is life. He has 11 fewer points than he did last year, but he's also played 8 less games. Ward is still a great guy and a solid player, and he is, I'm sure, bringing a lot of personality, grit, and broken sticks to the Capitals. I miss him, but not in the sense that he's necessary to the Predators... I just miss him as an awesome dude.

Cal O'Reilly -- Phoenix Coyotes Pittsburgh Penguins Baby Penguins

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Predators: 2010-2011

38

6 12 18 +4 2 1 0 1 44

Predators: 2011-2012

5

0 1 1 -2 2 0 0 0 1

Coyotes: 2011-2012

22

2 3 5 -5 2 1 0 0 13

Pittsburgh: 2011-2012

6

0 1 1 -4 0 0 0 0 3

Well... yup. No loss here! I had a lot of faith in Cal early in his career, and I really hoped that he was going to become a consistent forward - not necessarily putting up tons of points, but maybe 30-40 a season, once he matured. Clearly that ain't happening, as he's playing for the Baby Penguins now.

Marcel Goc -- Florida Panthers

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Predators: 2010-2011

51

9 15 24 +10 6 0 1 2 111

Panthers: 2011-2012

57

11 16 27 +5 10 3 0 1 97

I still hold that Marcel looks more and more like Bela Lugosi every year. Panthers fans agree, and call him "Count Gocula," which I think is absolutely hysterical. Marcel is still Marcel. In the last 5 seasons, only once has he played more than 56 games (73 GP in 09-10 with the Predators), but he's consistent in his play when he is on the ice. Still averaging almost exactly the same amount of goals, assists, points (durh), and shots on goal. You don't expect 60 points out of guys like Goc, but you still appreciate what they bring to the table off of the score sheet. If he's doing for Florida what he did for Nashville, they're probably pretty happy with him. I just hope he's healthy for the full season next year. Good luck in the playoffs, buddy!

Cody Franson -- Toronto Maple Leafs

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Predators: 2010-2011

80

8 21 29 +10 30 2 0 2 156

Maple Leafs: 2011-2012

57

5 16 21 -1 22 2 0 0 65

Well now we know why Fruit Cup looks so glum in his Maple Leafs mugshot headshot... what a season. He has definitely done more with less, however, with just 8 fewer points in 20 fewer games. Pretty impressive, especially on a team like Toronto. Speaking of relatively impressive things, the fact that his +/- is -1 (was 0 before the final game of the season) also surprised me. After the season Toronto has had, I was expecting it to be uglier than that. Nice job, Cody! Good luck next season.

Matthew Lombardi -- Toronto Maple Leafs

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Predators: 2010-2011

2

0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 6

Maple Leafs: 2011-2012

62

8 10 18 -19 10 0 1 2 101

Here were my thoughts (word for word) from the first post:

Kevin Klein has more points than Matthew Lombardi. Aaaaaand SCENE!

Here are my current thoughts:

Kevin Klein STILL has more points than Matthew Lombardi. And the Preds got a draft pick. Game, set, match.

Shane O'Brien -- Colorado Avalanche

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Predators: 2010-2011

80

2 7 9 +1 83 0 0 0 50

Avalanche: 2011-2012

76

3 17 20 +2 105 1 0 0 114

Wow. I have to admit, I'm totally surprised by these numbers. SOB's doing well in Colorado! He has more than twice as many points this season, and more than twice as many shots on goal. Even though his penalty minutes are up (perhaps because Barry isn't breathing down his neck?), it seems like he's helping the Avs out. Yay! A visitor from Mile High Hockey commented that the fans are somewhat polarized on the subject of SOB, but that he definitely has a great locker room presence and brings a fun personality to the team. He seems happy, so that makes me happy. I really missed SOB about halfway through the season, and while I'm still kinda sad about it, most of my misery has dissipated.

Steve Sullivan -- Pittsburgh Penguins

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Predators: 2010-2011

44

10 12 22 +4 28 3 0 1 79

Penguins: 2011-2012

79

17 31 48 -3 20 5 0 1 140

DANG, Sully. Dang. I miss Sully as a great person, but I'm glad he's now on a team where he can really produce and be helpful, as he wasn't really able to do that for the Preds during his last year with us. Nothing to say here - the numbers speak for themselves. He's still Sully, and he's still capable of putting up 50 point seasons.

To all ex-Preds in the playoffs this season, best of luck!

This FanPost was written by an OTF reader, and does not represent the views of the editorial staff. Got something you'd like to share? <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/admin/entries/new?community_id=208&entry_type=FanPost" target="new">Post your own</a>!

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