Best Former Predator: Samuel Girard
Girard quickly became a Predlines favorite with his offensive production, but Nashville management was reticent to give him playing time. The Predators defensive corps is stacked with talent, even with Ryan Ellis on the shelf. Nashville seemed unsure of what to do with Girard, so switching locations was probably for the best for him.
The Colorado Avalanche aren’t as deep as the Nashville Predators. Nashville is playing for glory right now while Colorado hopes it’ll come down the road. The Kyle Turris/Matt Duchene trade sent a ton of young prospects the Avs’ way, and Girard has gone from wondering if he was heading back to junior hockey to being one of Colorado’s top defensemen.
Girard got an assist in his first game with Colorado and has played over twenty minutes in most of his games with the team. That wasn’t going to happen in Nashville anytime soon. Sometimes moving to a objectively inferior team works out for the best.
Best Nashville Predators GIF: Viktor Arvidsson
You know it’s a nice play when it actually gets on SportsCenter.