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Preds 2016-17 Season Preview: Wingers

With the NHL regular season only three weeks away, the preseason preview season is in full swing. OTF has you covered.

How Valuable Is Big Ern's Big Heart?

He may not impact the outcome of a game, but Brian McGrattan did well enough in 2011-2012 to merit a contract extension. Is that an affirmation of the status quo? Or a charge to take more responsibility?

Craig Smith Season Preview: Super Sophomore?

Nashville’s favorite "Honey Badger" returns to Bridgestone Arena for his sophomore season in the NHL. Last year, Craig Smith proved he could put up points but then lost his offensive spark for the last half of the season. Can he rekindle the fire?

Matt Halischuk Preview: Here Comes Hustlechuk

Matt Halischuk put up respectable offensive numbers despite relatively little ice time. Can he grow into a larger role with the Preds this season?

Sergei Kostitsyn Preview: The Lone Brostitsyn

When the Preds reunited Sergei Kostitsyn with his brother Andrei at last season's Trade Deadline, hopes were high that their chemistry might lead to a deep playoff run for the Preds. Things didn't work out nearly that well, however...

Patric Hornqvist Preview: Smashville's Sniper

The Nashville Predators have had to battle an impression that they lack goal-scoring talent, but Patric Hornqvist's production over the last three seasons ranks him alongside names like Marian Hossa, Scott Hartnell, and Patrick Kane.

Martin Erat Season Preview: An "A" For Effort

He stands second to David Legwand in the major career statistical categories for the Nashville Predators, and this season Martin Erat has been named part of the team's leadership group.