Oct 22, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro (63) celebrates with center Colin Wilson (33) during the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Colin Wilson – C-
Fresh off a new contract and a 20-goal season, hopes were high going into this year for Wilson. This grade was teetering between the c- and a D+. ONE goal, Mr. Wilson. Only Paul Gaustad has less. Potential is thy name, please can we see thee. As usual, he shows flashes. Flash a couple into the net.
Mike Ribiero – C
When Ribs was re-signed in the offseason, it was hoped that he could duplicate his numbers from a year ago. He has fallen off significantly from those. With two goals and nine points in 21 games he would have to double that point production in the second quarter to get back on track. He has been floating between the first and second lines and needs to chip in a few more goals.
Craig Smith – C+
Smith is actually third on the team with five goals and is on track for another 20 goal season but has only scored two helpers. Seven points won’t justify his new four year contract and he and the second line in general really need to step it up immediately if not sooner. He has had a lot of chances, but those don’t count on the scoreboard,
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