Nashville Predators Finding True Center

Mar 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) looks on during the third period against the New York Islanders at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) looks on during the third period against the New York Islanders at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok (19) and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) battle for the puck. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Nashville Predators center Calle Jarnkrok (19) and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) battle for the puck. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

In House Options

The Predators roster is chock full of players listed as natural centers. Calle Jarnkrok probably headlines this option, but Colin Wilson and Craig Smith both have “C’s” stamped in their natural position column.

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The problem with this idea is that Nashville comes close to struggling with depth at the wings, and can ill-afford losing talent at those positions. However, if prospects like Kevin Fiala and Pontus Aberg can prove themselves capable NHL wingers next year, it may help to loosen labels in an injury-provoked situation. 

The Nashville front office also seems dedicated to resigning depth forward and grinder Cody Bass, who gained favor after logging some hard earned minutes during this past postseason. He has displayed solid ability on the dot and could, in a pinch, step into the fourth line role, moving Sissons up the chart.

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