Sensing a trend? You can’t leave out any of three pieces of the JoFA line when discussing the long-term success of the Predators. These three have incredible chemistry and routinely bail out the rest of the team. That’s what great teams need. A small collection of players, preferably on the same line, that can win games on their own.
Luckily the Predators are a deep team and don’t necessarily need the JoFA line to carry them every night. However, Viktor Arvidsson is the game-changer that keeps defenses on their heels. His speed can flip the ice and turn virtually nothing into a breakaway scoring chance. He, along with Forsberg, should come very close to cracking 40 goals this season.
With the JoFA line kept intact, the Predators are always going to be a highly competitive team within the division. Arvidsson’s speed puts so much stress on the opposition that it creates odd-man rushes, draw penalties and piles on the scoring chances. His deal runs through 2023-24, so another smart long-term deal to keep the Predators’ top line as one of the best.