The nominations are in, so it's time to vote, Predators fans - who is your team MVP for the 1st Quarter of this 2009-10 season? Follow after the jump for the nominations, then log your vote below...
#51 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators
Oct 17, 1975
|2009 - Francis Bouillon||21||1||2||3||-8||12||1||0||0||0||25||4.0|
HartnellsMop: "without him, our D as a whole is nowhere near what it is now. JP’s play-making is certainly missed when he’s out, but i shutter to think how terrible our blueline would be if Klein and Hammer had to still be paired up."
#71 / Right Wing / Nashville Predators
Apr 01, 1978
|2009 - J.P. Dumont||14||3||12||15||2||6||0||0||0||0||34||8.8|
Gover: "as JP Dumont goes, this team goes. Not only is he the points leader, but when he was out, they looked lost. He may not wear a C or an A on his chest but, more than anyone else, this is HIS team."
Lil cutie: "We are 9-3-1 in games that he has participated in, 8-0-1 when he has scored a point. He has averaged over a point per game; no one else on the team comes close to that scoring rate. There is no way that the goal-starved Predators would be over .500 without his offensive contribution."
KentS: "No doubt he’s the playmaker. Take a look at how hard other teams go after him and try to check him relentlessly."
Hockey Hillbilly: "At the start of a season of surprising performances (Smithson, Bouillon and Hornqvist among them), steady but inventive J.P. Dumont stands tall. Joel Ward embodies Predator grit but Dumont gets the job done."
#32 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators
Aug 08, 1987
|2009 - Cody Franson||15||2||3||5||3||6||0||0||1||0||28||7.1|
Preds On The Glass: "He has steadily laid claim to the 6th D spot to the point that Sulzer is going to receive a charity start from Trotz. Franson’s offense was not questioned in the preseason but his defense was and now he is logging important minutes and not looking out of place in tough situations. I think he is probably here to stay."
#35 / Goalie / Nashville Predators
Nov 03, 1982
|2009 - Pekka Rinne||14||780||9||4||31||2.38||361||330||.914||2|
Gover: "Rinne has finally provided stability in net and the #’s in his past 8 games are astounding."
Sam Page: "The team has a negative goal differential, and the positive record seems to be the product of Rinne keeping the game close late. He’s clutch."
#25 / Left Wing / Nashville Predators
Feb 04, 1979
|2009 - Jerred Smithson||21||4||0||4||3||18||0||2||1||0||15||26.7|
whatthepuck: "He has scored four goals in 20 games, which already matches his total goals scored for the entire 08-09 season. He’s still great on the penalty kill, especially when paired with Joel Ward. And I honestly think the fact that he’s playing on the second line has given him a huge mental boost, helping his overall game. I have seen no one that compares to him in terms of off-season improvement. He used his summer wisely and is now standing out, at age 30, among a team with many younger players. This speaks volumes to his work ethic and dedication to the team and the sport."
#20 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators
Jan 21, 1985
|2009 - Ryan Suter||21||2||8||10||1||14||1||0||0||0||22||9.1|
Space Weed Says: "He’s played well, he’s contributed offensively and has worn an A on his jersey during Jason Arnott and Shea Weber’s abscences from the lineup."
#29 / Right Wing / Nashville Predators
Dec 02, 1980
|2009 - Joel Ward||19||3||6||9||-1||6||2||0||1||0||37||8.1|
Poiju: "For being one of the most consistent and motivated players throughout the first quarter."
#6 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators
Aug 14, 1985
|2009 - Shea Weber||19||5||7||12||0||4||3||0||1||0||53||9.4|
Sam Page: "plays significantly more ice time than any of the other players above... Webs has played good defense as usual and is tied for the team’s goal lead as a defenseman!"