The Nashville Predators 2013-14 season is a little over a month old. Let’s take a look at how the forwards have fared.
Biggest Surprise — David Legwand
The Predators first draft pick might just be the Predators best player this season. David Legwand is in the last year of a six-year $27 million deal and playing like a guy who wants another big one. Legwand has been the most consistent forward this season at both ends of the ice. He can usually be counted on to play responsible hockey and chip in some empty net goals, but his 4 goals and 10 assists are both team-high marks this season. Legwand is on pace for 72 points, which would be a career high, and the most on the Preds since Jason Arnott in 2007-08. It will be interesting to see if interest around the league develops for Legwand if he keeps pace and the Preds fall out of the hunt.
Biggest Disappointment — Viktor Stalberg
Viktor Stalberg was brought in over the summer and signed to a four-year $12 million deal. He was supposed to bring speed and offensive skill in a top-six forward role. Stalberg has been a healthy scratch and only has 2 points this season, both coming in his 9th game. The lack of performance is not entirely Stalberg’s fault as he has played limited minutes, but it is his responsibility to take advantage of the chances he gets so he can play his way back into favor.
- Eric Nystrom has been the most successful acquisition offensively with 5 points (4 goals and an assist) through 16 games.
- Paul Gaustad has continued to be strong in the face-off circle, leading the team with a 61.1% win rate.
- Filip Forsberg has struggled to a minus 8 through 11 games and was recently sent down to Milwaukee to get some top-six minutes.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part II in this series where we talk about the defense.