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02-04-2004, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Seven_Nation_Army

14. Nashville Predators (8)

Strengths: The Predators possess very impressive talent and depth on the blueline as Ryan Suter, Kirill Safronov and Kevin Klein could all end up being top 4 blueliners in the NHL. Meanwhile, forwards Scottie Upshall and Brandon Segal could be solid two-way wingers on the right side and might fit right in with Nashville’s team. Timofei Shishkanov and Konstantin Glazachev are the only forward prospects who look purely offensive. In net, Brian Finley has rebounded nicely from injuries and could be a stud. Teemu Lassila provides goaltending depth.

Weaknesses: There isn’t a lot of offensive potential up front for Nashville. Actually, it could be argued that as a whole, Nashville really doesn’t have a prospect with the potential to be a game-breaker. There is also a lack of left wings in the organization and despite the depth on the blueline, it’s hard to say how many can make the NHL jump after the top 3. Prospects at center are missing size, and strength.

Top Prospects: (F) Scottie Upshall, (D) Ryan Suter, (F) Timofei Shishkanov, (D) Kirill Safaronov, (G) Brian Finley, (D) Kevin Klein, (F) Brandon Segal, (F) Darren Haydar.

Edit: added link to article. You can't copy chunks of articles and not post a link. That is a copyright violation, regardless of where you do it.
I'll go ahead and echo the sentiments of a lot of people and say this...good effort but disagree totally. Our blueline depth is a weakness? No gamebreakers (isn't that what Glazachev and Shishkanov are supposed to be?) and their top prospect list is woefully inadequate. No Glazachev and no Setzinger...oh well.

And to be ranked just ahead of Detroit, who has no prospects that would crack our top 3. Somehow, I think an overall lack of a major presence on this board (in terms of a page editor) really hurts us here. And how we dropped from 8-14 yet we only lost Hamhuis is mind boggling. Yet somehow Detroit, despite adding no prospects above a late second rounder and they jump? This after their best prospect has a serious accident and who's future is relatively uncertain.

It's one thing to drop because you have a bunch of players graduate from prospects, but quite another to just randomly drop.

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