Nashville Predators Player Profiles

Are You Feeling Lucky?


Preds defenseman Michael Del Zotto has a lot of skill and potential upside, and is still in his early twenties. But for what he brings to the ice currently, is the amount required to qualify him...

Calle Jarnkrok Season Review: The Iron Born


Many thought the conditional pick might have been the sweetener in the David Legwand trade, but after further consideration, getting Calle Jarnkrok helps fill out an offensive new look Predator squad.

Qualify This Man


Mattias Ekholm proved to be a capable second- or third-pair defenseman. For the right price, there's no reason for the Nashville Predators to not qualify him.

Seth Jones Season Review: The Kid Is Alright


Jones fell into the Predators' lap and, despite not being the forward many fans wanted, proved he'll be an integral part of the roster going forward.

Season Review Gabriel Bourque: Kinetic Energy


The definition of energy stored, Bourque has the ability to dazzle with speed and snap shots, but can he recover from a lackluster year to become the scoring threat he was just one season ago?

The Legend Continues


Born on a distant, dying planet and sent to Earth by his parents, only to be bitten by a radioactive spider, mutated by Gamma radiation, and infused with an adamantium skeleton, Dicky Clune's...

Mike Fisher Season Review-The Ecstasy of Grit


One of the toughest of the Predators also had one of his career best years while providing stability at center for the top lines. With one year remaining on his contract, will Fisher extend and...

Roman Josi Season Review: Blue Line Breakout


Fresh off a new contract, Roman Josi lived up to his expectations as a stud on Nashville's blue line.

Nick Spaling Season Review: Preds Utility Belt


A jack of all trades, Nick Spaling covers a lot of spots on the Nashville Predators roster. Center or wing, power play or penalty kill, scoring or defending...Nick Spaling does it all and at an...

Paul Gaustad Season Review: Worth It?


Despite doing everything within his skill set, Gaustad is too expensive for a fourth line role player.


Pekka Rinne 2013-14 Review: A Season In The Abyss


Offseason surgery, a lengthy recovery, then an even longer recovery from the recovery pretty much torched the season for the Preds most important player.

Thrust Into the Spotlight


Carter Hutton was forced into the starting role due to Rinne's injury, which may have been more than he bargained for.

Matt Cullen Season Review: Gritty, Not Pretty


2013 Nashville Predators free agent acquisition Matt Cullen came pretty much as advertised in the 2013-2014 season.

The Clock's Ticking


As he enters a contract year next season, Colin Wilson holds his future in Nashville in his own hands. Will he rise to the occasion?

Eric Nystrom Season Review: Prodigal Free Agent


The Nashville Predators winger proved capable in the #PredatorHard mold. The question now remains, does he have a place in the Laviolette era?

2014 Season Review: Craig Smith


Now that the season is over, it gives us a chance to nitpick the performance of the Predators' roster this season. Today, Craig Smith.

Season Review: Point Producing Papa


Through most of the season, Patric Hornqvist's offensive production failed to meet raised expectations due to his new contract and leadership role. Once his first child was born, however, he went...

Rich Clune Aims to be the NHL's #1 Pest


In an exclusive interview, Nashville's newest fan favorite tells us about seeking the NHL's "Best Pest" crown left behind when the contemptuous Sean Avery retired from play in 2012.

Colin Wilson Poised to Lead Preds in Scoring


Following two shoulder surgeries in the offseason, expect the hungry Boston University alumnus to emerge as a potent power forward in the upcoming season . . . as long as he stays healthy.

Craig Smith Season Preview: Something to Prove


Smith followed up a strong rookie campaign with a ghastly season we'd like to forget. Which one is more evident of the player he'll become?

Rich Clune: On-Ice Bad Boy, Off-Ice Leader


The gritty plugger earned himself a 2-year extension in the offseason that won't go into effect until next year, so expect the same type of performance this season.

Seth Jones Season Preview: A New Hope


How large of a role can we reasonably expect a teenager to play on the Nashville Predators blueline?

Mattias Ekholm Season Preview: Is This His Year?


The prospects are bright for Ekholm's future, but don't be surprised if the 2009 Swedish draft pick plays another year in Milwaukee, and gets called up only in injury situations.

Nick Spaling Season Preview: Utility, or Futility?


Will Spaling earn a long-term contract from the Nashville Predators with his work this season, or will he be pushed out of the way by one of the kids climbing the organizational ladder?

Ryan Ellis Preview: Is This His Year?


Ryan Ellis came to Nashville following an unparalleled junior hockey career, but has failed to produce big numbers at the NHL level. With Seth Jones now on the scene, is time running out for Ellis...

Kevin Klein Preview: Natural Born Penalty Killer


We weren't surprised to see the Nashville Predators struggle to score last season, but the 29th-ranked penalty kill was more Trashville than Smashville. Can Kevin Klein lead the PK unit back to...

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