While this season didn't end up like Nashville Predators fans had hoped, there were some outstanding individual performances which are worth remembering. The question for this morning, then, is whom would you pick as the team's Most Valuable Player for this year?
The candidates are...
#11 / Center / Nashville Predators
Aug 17, 1980
|2012 - David Legwand||48||12||13||25||-6||20||2||0||2||78||15.4|
Leggy played all 48 games and led the team in goal-scoring. Pro-rated over 82 games, he was on pace for a 42-point season, right in line with his production of recent years.
#35 / Goalie / Nashville Predators
Nov 03, 1982
|2012 - Pekka Rinne||43||2444||15||16||8||99||2.43||1101||1002||.910||5|
A lack of run support impacted Rinne's won-loss totals greatly this season, as did sub-par penalty killing. If you just look at Even Strength save percentage (probably our best statistical gauge of true goaltending talent), Pekka's performance this year (.927) was indistinguishable from 2011-2012 (.928), and he tied for the league lead in Shutouts with 5.
#6 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators
Aug 14, 1985
|2012 - Shea Weber||48||9||19||28||-2||48||3||0||1||124||7.3|
After a slow start (no points in his first nine games), Weber's scoring came on strong, and he ended up leading the team with 28 points and 124 shots on goal.
#33 / Left Wing / Nashville Predators
Oct 20, 1989
|2012 - Colin Wilson||25||7||12||19||+1||4||2||0||1||26||26.9|
Willy charged to the fore as the team's leading scorer before a shoulder injury ended his campaign on March 9 against Minnesota. After that point the team went 6-14-4 and any hope of qualifying for the playoffs dried up.
Vote In Our Poll
So who gets your nod as Team MVP this season? Sure, there were other solid performers (Roman Josi had a strong season, Gabriel Bourque poured in some goals) but these four would seem to be the leading candidates. Vote in the poll, and make your case in the comments!