Nashville Predators: Players Who Will be Critical to the Rebuild

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) talks with Predators right wing Eeli Tolvanen (11) during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) talks with Predators right wing Eeli Tolvanen (11) during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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You can’t really run and hide from it anymore. The Nashville Predators are heading into a bigger rebuild than they’ve been in since when Barry Trotz was let go in 2013-14 after the team missed the playoffs two-straight years.

Even though the Stanley Cup Qualifiers technically counted as making the playoffs, I can’t see it that way. It’s likely that the Predators are about the miss the 16-team playoff field for the second season in a row.

Furthermore, the Predators have been heading in reverse since going to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017. They followed that up with massive expectations and a President’s Trophy the following season, but it’s all been a rough ride since then.

To go through with a rebuild, you have to identify current players that are integral for going into the rebuild. You have to look long and hard through this current Predators roster to identify a handful of players that they should want to keep.

These are the top players I have in terms of importance for the rebuild.