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Who Will Lead the Nashville Predators in Scoring?

Frederick Breedon

Despite the mantra that team results are the only things that truly matter, there is a bit of pride to be had in leading your hockey team in scoring. Late in the season when each game takes on added meaning and victory hangs in the balance, it's the leading scorer who teammates and fans look to when a key goal is needed.

In the shortened 2013 season, Shea Weber led the Nashville Predators with 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 48 games, following Martin Erat, Sergei Kostitsyn, and Patric Hornqvist from the previous three seasons.

But who are the contenders to lead the charge this season for the Preds? Let's review a few of the likely candidates, vote in the poll, debate in the comments below...

Matt Cullen

#7 / Center / Nashville Predators



Nov 02, 1976

Pro: Could play a major offensive role at even strength and on the power play and is hailed as a savvy passer. Con: Has never recorded 50 points in a season, why will he start at age 37? Then again, maybe 49 will be enough.

Mike Fisher

#12 / Center / Nashville Predators



Jun 05, 1980

Pro: Will lead a top EV line and is a featured sniper on the PP. Con: His physical style means he either misses games or plays through injuries often.

Patric Hornqvist

#27 / Right Wing / Nashville Predators



Jan 01, 1987

Pro: Fires a boatload of shots on net, if he gets hot could score 35+ goals. Con: Injury-prone and doesn't record many assists.

Viktor Stalberg

#25 / Right Wing / Nashville Predators



Jan 17, 1986

Pro: Will apparently play a larger role than he's ever had before, providing greater opportunity to rack up numbers. Con: He's not playing with the high-flying Blackhawks any more and doesn't have guys like Patrick Kane to draw the attention of opposing defensemen.

Shea Weber

#6 / Defenseman / Nashville Predators



Aug 14, 1985

Pro: Logs a tremendous amount of ice time in all situations and is the main weapon on the power play. Con: None, really. He should be right in the mix.

Colin Wilson

#33 / Left Wing / Nashville Predators



Oct 20, 1989

Pro: Has put up stellar Corsi-related results for years, was leading the way last season until he got hurt, and is finally earning the trust of Barry Trotz. Con: Hasn't racked up points over an extended period, and he won't score on 26.9% of his shots again.

The Bovada sportsbook today released its list of Over/Under regular season point totals for leading players on each NHL team, and when you get to the Predators, they are projected to have the lowest-scoring leaders in the entire league. #griterdun

Anaheim Ducks Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry Teemu Selanne
80.5 65.5 43.5
Boston Bruins Jarome Iginla David Krejci Loui Eriksson Patrice Bergeron Milan Lucic
65.5 64.5 62.5 60.5 54.5
Buffalo Sabres Thomas Vanek Cody Hodgson Tyler Ennis
69.5 57.5 51.5
Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal Alexander Semin Jordan Staal
82.5 69.5 55.5
Columbus Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik Brandon Dubinsky R.J. Umberger
59.5 47.5 37.5
Calgary Flames Mike Cammalleri Jiri Hudler Curtis Glencross Lee Stempniak Sven Baertschi
53.5 48.5 44.5 44.5 41.5
Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane Jonathan Toews Patrick Sharp
81.5 74.5 60.5
Colorado Avalanche Matt Duchene P.A. Parenteau Gabriel Landeskog
70.5 65.5 55.5
Dallas Stars Tyler Seguin Jamie Benn Ray Whitney
67.5 67.5 54.5
Detroit Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk Henrik Zetterberg Daniel Alfredsson
80.5 79.5 48.5
Edmonton Oilers Taylor Hall Jordan Eberle Nail Yakupov Sam Gagner David Perron
74.5 67.5 58.5 54.5 48.5
Florida Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau Tomas Fleischmann Brian Campbell
61.5 57.5 42.5
Los Angeles Kings Anze Kopitar Justin Williams Jeff Carter
77.5 56.5 53.5
Minnesota Wild Zach Parise Mikko Koivu Jason Pominville
59.5 63.5 62.5
Montreal Canadiens Max Pacioretty Tomas Plekanec P.K. Subban Alex Galchenyuk Danny Briere
63.5 58.5 56.5 54.5 46.5
New Jersey Devils Patrik Elias Jaromir Jagr Michael Ryder
62.5 54.5 51.5
Nashville Predators Shea Weber Patric Hornqvist Mike Fisher
48.5 48.5 42.5
New York Islanders John Tavares Matt Moulson Frans Nielsen
83.5 69.5 47.5
New York Rangers Rick Nash Derek Stepan Brad Richards
72.5 64.5 61.5
Ottawa Senators Erik Karlsson Bobby Ryan Jason Spezza Kyle Turris Clarke MacArthur
64.5 63.5 62.5 47.5 44.5
Philadelphia Flyers Jakub Voracek Vincent Lecavalier Wayne Simmonds
70.5 55.5 51.5
Phoenix Coyotes Mike Ribeiro Keith Yandle Shane Doan
68.5 49.5 48.5
Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby Evgeni Malkin James Neal
105.5 91.5 70.5
San Jose Sharks Joe Thornton Logan Couture Patrick Marleau
70.5 68.5 59.5
St. Louis Blues David Backes Derek Roy Chris Stewart
54.5 52.5 49.5
Tampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos Martin St. Louis Teddy Purcell
96.5 85.5 60.5
Toronto Maple Leafs Phil Kessel Nazem Kadri Joffrey Lupul James van Riemsdyk David Clarkson
82.5 59.5 58.5 53.5 41.5
Vancouver Canucks Henrik Sedin Daniel Sedin Ryan Kesler Alex Burrows Alexander Edler
81.5 76.5 49.5 45.5 43.5
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom Mikhail Grabovski
89.5 79.5 45.5
Winnipeg Jets Blake Wheeler Andrew Ladd Evander Kane Dustin Byfuglien Bryan Little
65.5 63.5 59.5 52.5 50.5

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