Colin Wilson leads the Nashville Predators offense through 23 games. (PHOTO: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)

Pacing The Nashville Predators Offense


The Nashville Predators offense is currently the worst offense in the NHL. General manager David Poile has begun trying to address the team’s shortcoming with waiver claims, but we won’t get to see the new-look offense until Friday. In the meantime, why not take a look at how many points the team is projecting to score for the season?

To project for the full 48 games, I’ve made the assumption that each Predators player will continue to play with the same frequency. (E.g. Colin Wilson has played all 23 of the team’s games so far, so I assume he will play each of the remaining 25 games on the schedule.) Then I’ve calculated their rates of scoring goals and assists and multiplied them by the assumed number of games each player will appear in before the end of the season.

Just for the record, this is not a prediction. It’s simply a way to visualize what would result if current trends for the Nashville Predators offense continue over the course of the full season. Here’s the current roster with their actual point totals and their projections through the end of the season:

NAME GP G A Proj. GP Proj. G Proj. A Proj. P
Colin Wilson 23 5 10 48 10 21 31
Martin Erat 22 3 9 46 6 19 25
Shea Weber 23 3 6 48 6 12 19
Sergei Kostitsyn 23 2 7 48 4 15 19
Gabriel Bourque 21 6 2 44 13 4 17
Mike Fisher 23 4 4 48 8 8 16
Roman Josi 23 3 4 48 6 8 14
David Legwand 23 3 4 48 6 8 14
Patric Hornqvist 13 2 5 27 4 10 14
Ryan Ellis 23 2 4 48 4 8 12
Kevin Klein 23 1 5 48 2 10 12
Nick Spaling 23 3 2 48 6 4 10
Craig Smith 23 3 2 48 6 4 10
Brandon Yip 19 2 3 40 4 6 10
Jonathon Blum 15 1 4 31 2 8 10
Paul Gaustad 16 1 2 33 2 4 6
Rich Clune 22 1 2 46 2 4 6
Scott Hannan 23 0 1 48 0 2 2
Matt Halischuk 16 0 1 33 0 2 2
Hal Gill 15 0 0 31 0 0 0

So, if current trends continue the Nashville Predators’ leading scorer would be Colin Wilson with 31 points. For a little perspective, there are already two players in the league who have matched that through 23 games.

Clearly, things aren’t too promising with the current lineup. The hope is that Bobby Butler and Zach Boychuk can add some scoring punch over the next three weeks so the team doesn’t have to become a seller at the trade deadline. If they can, there should be better days ahead. If not – well, now you have an idea of what to expect.

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