Nashville Predators: What to do with Hartnell out

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Colton Sissons

This seems like the most likely option as Peter Laviolette had Colton Sissons matched up with Miikka Salomaki and Calle Jarnkrok during Monday’s practice. Sissons is one of the more offensively talented options that are available.  The 24-year-old has been quiet as of late with four points in 15 games, but more consistent minutes might be exactly what he needs. Sissons has played everywhere on the line-up it seems, at one point on the fourth and the second line in the same game. The right-handed shot could fit in well on the right wing opposite of lefty Miikka Salomaki.

So far, the hybrid center-winger has posted good possession scores with a five on five Corsi of 51.77% and a Fenwick of 50.64%. Not super impressive but the numbers look incredible when you consider that he’s being deployed in the defensive zone 66.36% of the time. It’s clear that Laviolette trusts Sissons, and the Nashville Predators are rewarded with some smart defense.

The only issue is that Jarnkrok is a more defensively oriented player and Laviolette trusts him to eat tough minutes against top competition. Jarnkrok has similar zone starts, but it’s against first and second liners, not third liners like Sissons normally plays against. This might hurt Sissons as it could stifle his offensive instincts. It really depends on what Laviollete wants out of this line. Does he want a shutdown line that can erase Crosby? Or does he want a two-way line that can also put the puck in the net against some weaker competition?