This Wednesday’s question is; what do you think the Predators offensive lines will look like at the start of this season? This is more of a continuation of last Sunday’s post about the Preds defensive lines. I’ll provide you with what I think they should look like and you will hopefully provide me with feedback via twitter (@CamBuzzBrushett) or in the comment section below. Let’s get started!
On the first line I would want Mike Fisher at center with Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn playing wing. I want Fisher on the first line because of what I saw from him and his time playing in the playoffs, he won a lot of faceoffs many of which were must-wins and put up solid numbers while demonstrating great skill and sense. I want Erat on this line because he has a tremendous amount of skill and he’s 30 which makes him one of Nashville’s oldest forwards meaning he, like Fisher, has more experience than most. Lastly I have Kostitsyn on the wing, I’m on the fence with him, if he can produce like he did last year then I absolutely want him on the first line but if he can’t then I would much rather have another forward like Colin Wilson or Patric Hornqvist playing there instead.
Next up, on the second line, I have David Legwand at center with Patric Hornvquist and Colin Wilson on the wings. Legwand is an outstanding playmaker while Hornvquist is the closest thing the Preds have to an elite goal scorer, together they should score a lot of Nashville’s goals whether it be by a beautiful play or wicked shot. Also with a power forward scorer like Wilson out there helping Hornvquist in his mission to forever bug the goalie in his crease this line could become Nashville’s primary scoring line.
On the depth line, third line, I have Cal O’Reilly at center with Blake Geoffrian and Matt Halischuk on the wings. This line has a lot of players that could be swapped in and out, Trotz may want to play these guys with more veteran players at different times throughout the season but for now I’m just going to put them together. All players show good potential, O’Reilly is looking to build off of his great start last season and both Geoffrian and Halischuk showed some promise in last years playoffs.
Next we have the fourth line, the tough line, here I have Jerred Smithson at center with Jordin Tootoo and Nick Spaling on the wing. Honestly I don’t see any other combinations besides this one, except maybe having Zack Stortini on every now and then. These three already have great chemistry, as was seen in last years playoffs, not only are they a great tough guy line, hard-working and resilient, but they also have the ability to put up some numbers. There’s no sense in splitting these guys up.
Last but not least I’ll briefly talk about the powerplay and penalty killing lines. On the first powerplay and penalty killing line I would want Fisher at center mostly because he is the most reliable in the faceoff dot and he has more experience. The wingers on the first powerplay line would be Erat and Hornqvist, Erat has great skill and experience and Hornqvist, like i said previously, is the closest Nashville has to an elite goal scorer. On the wing for the first penalty killing line I would have Tootoo, Tootoo is an obvious choice, he’s tough hard working and fast. On the second powerplay line I would have Legwand at center, for the same reasons I have Fisher on the first, and then Kostitsyn and Wilson on the wings. On the second penalty killing line I would have Smithson at center with Spaling.
So that’s what I’ve got, what do you guys think do you agree with any of my lines? I’d like to see your opinions, so comment or tweet me.
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P.S : Sorry about this post being a day late turns out i was really busy on Wednesday ( the day I was supposed to finish it ), I sincerely apologize.
Tags: Blake Geoffrion Cal O'Reilly Colin Wilson David Legwand Jordin Tootoo Martin Erat Matt Halischuk Mike Fisher Nashville Nashville Predators NHL NHL Nashville Predators Patric Hornqvist Sergei Kostitsyn