Nashville Predators First Quarter Grades

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Oct 20, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left winger James Neal (18) celebrates after a goal during the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 5-4 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

First Line

Filip Forsberg – B

Young Prince Filip started of the season with a flurry putting the dreaded Sophomore Slump worries to rest but has now gone a month and a half without a goal. He is certainly putting forth the effort and the numbers to be successful and it looks like he could break out at any time.  I expect he will improve his grade next semester.

Mike Fisher – C+

This is kind of a tough one.  First of all, you sure didn’t expect to see Fisher in this spot at the beginning of the season. And he is doing just what he does, going into the corners and doing the tough things he needs to do. But 2 goals, five points and -1 just aren’t enough from your first line center.  Are you listening Mr. Poile?

James Neal – A

One of the worries this season was if Neal could bounce back from last season’s sub-par numbers.  He has answered that in spades. In the first quarter of the season, he has almost half as many goals and points as last season.  His nine goals and 15 points both lead the team. If he didn’t take so many silly slashing penalties at inopportune times we might even offer up an A+.

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