Much has changed over the years for the Predators, but two men have remained constant amidst all the turnover and those two men are David Poile and Barry Trotz. These two men have been in charge of the Predators since day one and their past work allows us a great insight into what to expect from the Predators team on the ice and the franchise off of it.
This season, like many in the Predators’ short history, sees the Predators going up against the odds. Without as much money to spend as most teams, Poile generally builds from the inside and counts on his prospects to take the team to the next level. In fact, the one uncharacteristic time Poile decided to load up (he added Forsberg, etc.) it backfired on him. So, we should expect Poile to stick to his guns for the next couple seasons when he says he wants to see the team’s young talent (Colin Wilson, Chet Pickard, Jonathan Blum and Ryan Ellis) develop into the team’s new core.
I wouldn't say the Forsberg trade backfired on him, we were one of the best teams that year, and we were looking to contend, I think it was a good move. It looked like we gave a lot, but Parent and Upshall haven't done anything Forsberg has, and we got Blum back.
I disagree where he bags on Legwand's hockey sense. I think it's skill level that limits him and it's decent hockey sense that makes his game. But I also think he's pretty good. Dude calls Ward our best two-way forward? No, that would be Leggy, by a clear margin.
I only read it quickly. I liked it for the most part. Read more later.
I was in the middle of reading this guy's preview on Yahoo. Who thinks we're big meanies by expecting too much out of Arnottt and Sully. And says we're pretty much going to suck.
I would disagree that Zanon was underrated and under-appreciated, especially among Predators fans. If anything, he was the opposite.
I would also disagree that Legwand lacks hockey sense. I think it's the opposite: he has tremendous hockey sense, but his offensive skills were either improperly developed or never really there to begin with. If he has good line mates, he might be a 25/35 player, but I don't think he'll do much more than 20/30 or 20/35 here in Nashville.
i'm with everyone else. Legwand's hockey sense is what makes him so valuable...and I also believe he's got as much if not more skill than anyone not named Sullivan on the team, and in a purely offensive system\line, he'd be putting up numbers well beyond what he has now. If we somehow get Kessel...or if Santorelli can live up to hopes\expectations, you may see that this year-- since there's hpefully no threat of Tootoo or Fiddler playing on his wing.