Bi-Weekly Question: Will the New Guys Step Up?


Hi, my name is Cameron Brushett but you can call me “Buzz” this will be my first post for Predlines, so I hope you enjoy.

Every week I’ve decided to ask two big questions about your Preds, one on Wednesday and one on Sunday. The first question for this week is will the new guys for the Preds, Geoffrion, Blum, Halischuk, Bergfors, O’Reilly, Smith and Ellis step up and replace the losses we had over the offseason, losing Ward, Goc, Sullivan, Franson, O’Brien and Dumont. My answer is yes, I do think they will step up with help from guys like Weber, Suter and Legwand providing leadership and guidance.

If you watched any of the newer players I mentioned in last years playoffs, which includes Blum, Geoffrion and Halischuk, you’d understand why I said that they would step up. The three of them all played very well in their playoff debutsmaking some clutch plays and overall playing very solid , Blum impressed me the most and I think he’ll be very good in the coming year. As for Ellis I have very high expectations for him, I saw him play in the world juniors and saw an incredible amount of skill and hockey sense. I think that with mentors like Weber and Suter, two of the best defencemen in the league, he could be an all-star player. Then there’s O’Reilly who, if he had not been injured last season, would’ve gotten about somewhere around 40 or 45 points, and about 15 to 20 goals. He has the potential to be a  great playmaking center especially if he can be more physical. Then we have Smith who I haven’t actually seen play yet but I have heard good things about him, he is showing a lot of offensive potential in rookie camp. Lastly there is Niclas Bergfors who I think will fit into Nashville’s system, sharing the goal scoring load among the entire team, very well. I also have some pretty high expectations for him as well.

Last Season Stats for Players Mentioned Above:

Jon Blum – Regular Season – 23 games played, 3 goals, 5 points – Playoffs – 12 games played, 2 assists.

Blake Geoffrion – Regular Season – 20 games played, 6 goals, 8 points – Playoffs – 12 games played, 2 assists

Matt Halischuk – Regular Season – 27 games played, 4 goals, 12 points – Playoffs – 12 games played, 2 goals

Ryan Ellis – (AHL) – Regular Season – N/A - Playoffs – 7 games played, 1 goal, 2 points

Cal O’Reilly – Regular Season – 38 games played, 6 goals, 18 points – Playoffs – N/A

Craig Smith – Rookie Camp – 2 games played, 6 goals,  7 points

Niclas Bergfors – Regular Season – 72 games played, 12 goals, 36 points – Playoffs – N/A

Some people are concerned that Nashville won’t have the offensive capabilities needed to make it past where they made it last year, the second round of the playoffs. I disagree, I think that Nashville shows a good deal of potential and that they’ll surprise a lot of people in the upcoming season. What do you think; will Nashville’s young guns be able to step up their games for next season?

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