The bottom six
Third line: Rocco Grimaldi — Luke Kunin — Nick Cousins
Fourth line: Yakov Trenin — Colton Sissons — Mathieu Olivier
The third line was also another point of slight disagreement among the writers, but everybody agreed that Grimaldi and Kunin should be there.
It goes without saying how hard Grimaldi works when he is on the ice, and the same can be said for Kunin, who has been impactful in multiple ways since his return from injury.
In a perfect world, the Predators should keep Kunin with Jarnkrok since they have played well together recently, but he and Grimaldi would complement each other well with how tenacious they both are.
The last spot on this line was where the controversy was, but the majority leaned to keeping Cousins and trading Erik Haula.
It makes sense to trade Haula because Cousins has played in that same spot for several weeks now, and the Predators need to make sure they get something in exchange for Haula now, since his contract expires at the end of this year.
The team also is likely to maximize their return if they trade Haula as opposed to Cousins, given the former’s defensive prowess.
Rounding out the forwards core is the “herd” line of Trenin, Sissons, and Olivier, and I do not think much explanation is needed on that front. Just look at this article I wrote about the youth movement, which explains why they are such a valuable part of this team.