Nashville Predators: Key Free Agents The Predators Should Pursue

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 John-Michael Liles would look good on the Nashville Predators third pair

The grizzled veteran is looking a bit long in the tooth, but he’s not done yet. John-Michael Liles is a smaller mobile defense who continually posts good possession scores. He hasn’t posted negative Fenwick scores since the shortened 2012-13 season. Liles isn’t the power play quarterback and break out magician he once was. But he’s still a fine third pairing defenseman who can be a part of a platoon for the seventh spot.

Liles may not be a needle mover who puts up points, but he’s responsible in his own zone. Liles consistently posts great shot suppression numbers. And while he doesn’t exactly generate shots, he could still be useful. Liles would be perfect for third line minutes and penalty kill time. He’s also a cheap option who’d most likely receive a one million or less contract for one year.