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Nashville Predators Opening Day Roster


On Sunday, the Preds made their final training camp cuts and brought the roster down to twenty-three in preparation for opening day. The only change from our prior prediction was the addition of Simon Moser to fill the spot left open by the injury to Viktor Stalberg.

After making the final roster cuts, the Preds announced the signing of Moser to a one-year entry-level contract. Moser is an undrafted free agent who spent the last five years playing professionally for Langnau in the Switzerland National League A and was in training camp on a professional tryout agreement.  He has 212 points in 270 games in the NLA over the last five seasons.  His former club, SC-Langnau Tigers was relegated down to the National League B, making Moser a free agent and allowing him to sign a two-year contract with SC-Bern.  Moser was previously invited to the Blackhawks’ training camp prior to last season, but an injury made him unavailable.  He scored two goals in five preseason games while receiving around fifteen minutes of ice time and was set to join SC-Bern if nothing materialized in training camp.  However, the injury to Stalberg opened the door for Moser to stay in Nashville and be evaluated for a little longer.  Even though he signed a one-year contract, Moser can choose to return to Bern anytime until December 15. For Moser, the question remains can he prove that he belongs in the NHL or will he head back to Switzerland if he is in Milwaukee in December?

With the opening day roster set, the Preds just have to figure out the lines and the defensive pairings. The roster is below, let’s see your ideal line combinations in the comments.

Forwards:
Gabriel Bourque, Rich Clune, Matt Cullen, Mike Fisher, Filip Forsberg, Paul Gaustad, Matt Hendricks, Patric Hornqvist, David Legwand, Simon Moser, Eric Nystrom, Craig Smith, Nick Spaling and Colin Wilson.

Defensemen:
Victor Bartley, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Seth Jones, Roman Josi, Kevin Klein and Shea Weber.

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  • Nicktor

    I believe the lines for opening night should be: Wilson-Fisher-Hornqvist; Bourque-Legwand-Forsberg; Spaling-Cullen-Smith; Nystrom-Gaustad-Hendricks. The defensive pairings should be: Ellis-Weber; Jones-Klein; Josi-Ekholm. Rinne is the starting goaltender and Hutton the backup. Hutton should get the start in Colorado. It’s important to let Rinne get into the groove before letting him start 9 out of ten games, plus it’s a chance to see if Hutton can be dependable. Jose can move up to play with Weber and Klein, depending on how Ellis and Jones handle the pressure. Ekholm is a steady 5th-6th defenceman at this point, while Bartley is there to fill in, as is Clune among the forwards. When Stalberg returns, he could fill in for Hornqvist, Smith, Spaling, Forsberg, or whoever among the top wingers may be injured or struggling.

    • Scott Gardner

      I wouldn’t mind seeing Legwand and Cullen flipped with the expectation that Stalberg will be on the second line in place of Forsberg when he comes back. I think the second and third lines will end up being moved around a bunch anyways.
      I struggle on what to do with a partner for Weber. I feel like he needs a stablizing partner to be at his best, but there is not a ton of experience, especially if it is not spread out.