Enter the Finnish Finisher- hit machine Miikka Salomaki. The 23-year-old spent his rookie season throwing his 5’11, 209 lb. frame at anything in the building that moved and wasn’t carrying around a tray of hot dogs.
Displaying fantastic energy and grit, Salomaki found a role at the pro level which injected youth into the Predator lineup and allowed the franchise to part ways with some older, salary-heavy contracts. The winger will continue to develop his two-way game next year, as he led the Milwaukee Admirals in scoring during the 2013-14 season, marking 50 points (20 G, 30 A) in 75 games.
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The simple lineup: Forsberg, Wilson, Jarnkrok, Salomaki. Although it’s conceivable that the Nashville front office may be content with this developing group who only came a game away from the Western Conference Finals, it would not be altogether surprising to see a different list heading into the season opener next year.
As a matter of fact, this position seems the most likely on the roster to be shaken up during the offseason. But how exactly? We examine some options:
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