Nashville Predators Player Profiles

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 to prove himself with the Predators?

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 dominance?

2013 Season Review: Sergei Kostitsyn

Sergei Kostitsyn has been quite the make-over project for the Preds since David Poile acquired him in the 2010-2011 season, and has shimmied up and down the "Appreciated Scale" over the last few...


Jon Blum Season Review: Blummer at the Crossroads

Nashville's 1st-round draft pick from 2007 approaches a career crossroads after a decidedly middling campaign. Did he do enough to earn a new contract from the Predators?

Matt Halischuk: Successfully Reconditioned?

A short trip to Milwaukee in March helped turn around what was on track to be a disastrous season for the player known to Predators fans affectionately as "Hustlechuk".

Colin Wilson Season Review: A Star Is Born

Colin Wilson was Nashville's MVP in the first half before suffering a season-ending injury at the hands of the Minnesota Wild. Was that performance a 25-game hot streak, or a sign that he has matured into a reliable Top Six forward?

Kevin Klein Season Review: The Tenderizer

Forever known as the guy the Nashville Predators drafted before Shea Weber, Kevin Klein has carved out a nice career for himself as the quintessential modern "stay at home" defenseman.

David Legwand Season Review: Same Old, Same Old

He leads the Nashville Predators career lists in every significant category, but will David Legwand finish his career with the Preds?

Ryan Ellis Season Review: Don't Stop Believing

Is now the time for the Nashville Predators to see what Ellis might fetch on the trade market, or is he a core element of the team's future?

Craig Smith Season Review: One To Forget

While Smith's 2013 NHL season was an unmitigated train wreck, young forwards with offensive potential probably deserve a second (or third) chance in Nashville, given the team's overall lack of talent up front.

Mike Fisher Season Review: How Much Grit Is Left?

Gritty play, moderate offensive production and a few lost games to injury combined for a pretty typical Mike Fisher season. How much longer can he keep up his physical style, however?

Shea Weber: Leading the Preds Into a New Era

Perhaps the biggest disappointment in Shea Weber's season was that he didn't get to grow his infamous playoff beard. That said, he did prove that he could still bring dynamic, game-changing play from the blueline without his "Robin".

Nick Spaling Season Review

Heralded as a competitive two-way forward, Nick Spaling scored goals at a faster pace than ever this season, but the Goals Against piled up, too.

Patric Hornqvist Season Review

The Preds' pesky goal-scorer had a disappointing year due to injuries which kept him out of half the team's games, but his persistent style of play was rewarded with a 5-year, $21.25 million contract. What does the future hold for Patric Hornqvist?

Season Review: Hal Gill

On a team loaded with young defensemen, Hal Gill's willingness to do the dirty work helped position his teammates for success.

Season Review: Gabriel Bourque

When he suffered a season-ending injury against Chicago on April 1st, Gabriel Bourque was the Predators' leading goal-scorer. What does the future hold for Nashville's speedy winger?

Roman Josi: Nashville's Swiss Army Knife

When Ryan Suter left Nashville via free agency, the Swiss sophomore was tabbed to take over the bulk of his responsibilities. How has he done so far?


Is Colin Wilson's Breakout For Real?

Almost five years after being drafted in 2008, Colin Wilson is the leading scorer on the Nashville Predators this season. Can he maintain this role the rest of the way?

What Will a Suter-less Shea Weber Look Like?

This is the biggest storyline for the Nashville Predators this year. Fans hope their captain has 110 million reasons to rise to the challenge and lead this team to the top in 2013.

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