Nashville Predators: Top Standouts from the Scrimmages

Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes talks with referee Chris Lee (28) after a goal was overturned during the second period against the Boston Bruins at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes talks with referee Chris Lee (28) after a goal was overturned during the second period against the Boston Bruins at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nick Cousins

After watching the final scrimmage, there’s no newcomer on the Predators roster that’s bringing more excitement to the fans than Nick Cousins.

Cousins had two goals in the final scrimmage, including one in the slot area that was a perfectly placed shot to beat Pekka Rinne.

When looking over the Predators lineup and figuring out how to assemble each line, Cousins figures to be a huge part of either the third or fourth line.

Cousins has made a strong case to be placed on the third line and be the player that can hopefully replace some of the production that was lost with Craig Smith and Nick Bonino.

What I saw from Cousins over the two scrimmages was intensity on both ends of the ice and just skating hard to make plays. The Predators aren’t necessarily as talent rich as they’ve been in the past, but they have hard-working players like Cousins that can offset that.