Nashville Predators: Early Season Standouts and Surprises

Nashville Predators right wing Mathieu Olivier (25) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy (5) exchange shoves after the whistle during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Nashville Predators right wing Mathieu Olivier (25) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy (5) exchange shoves after the whistle during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mikael Granlund, Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators center Mikael Granlund Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

Mikael Granlund

Arguable the highest performing forward on the Nashville Predators right now is Mikael Granlund. He’s been really impressive considering he missed all of training camp.

The most recent game saw the rejoining of Granlund and Filip Forsberg on the same line with Matt Duchene. The experiment didn’t look all that bad in terms of creating scoring chances, and Granlund did tally his third goal of the season.

There’s no way around the fact that the Predators are a very challenged team offensively, but Granlund has been one of the few bright spots in this category. The Predators really need him to channel his Minnesota days of being around a 60 to 70-point scoring pace.

Getting him to that scoring pace is probably too far-fetched, but as of now he’s out there making things happen offensively. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he ends up leading the team in points at season’s end.