Nashville Predators have had an improved season this year. Many players are having their best season. Who would have the best chance winning each NHL award?
The Nashville Predators have arguably the most talented roster in franchise history. At the midway point in the season, the Predators sit two points behind the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Central Division, while having three games in hand. The Predators have never won a division title before. Many of their players are on pace to set career numbers. With so many players elevating their game, it’s no wonder the Nashville Predators are having the success they are having.
The NHL hands out 15 individual awards for the regular season. Most seasons, you couldn’t even smell a Predators player in any of those award races, except for maybe the Norris or Vezina Trophies. No matter how successful the team has been, the Predators have always been too small to gain national recognition. Coming off of the heels of a Stanley Cup Final trip last season has propped up the Nashville Predators in the eyes of fans everywhere. The defending Western Conference Champions are more widely popular than ever before. With their newfound popularity, could this year be the year a Predators player finally wins a major award?
Check out which players (or coach/GM) have the best shot at winning each award. (Obviously, there will be awards that no player has a chance at winning, like leading goal scorer in the league. However, for the sake of argument, I will list the player who has the best resume on the team for each award.)