Nashville Predators: Top Offseason Priorities to Address

Nashville Predators center Matt Duchene (95) celebrates with goaltender Juuse Saros (74) after scoring the game-winning goal in the second overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes in game three of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Nashville Predators center Matt Duchene (95) celebrates with goaltender Juuse Saros (74) after scoring the game-winning goal in the second overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes in game three of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes talks with referee Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

Solidify the Bottom-Six

A huge positive development from this past season for the Nashville Predators was the emergence of some prospects playing crucial NHL minutes. Now it’s time this offseason to figure out who is here to stay.

Players like Tanner Jeannot, Mathieu Olivier, Yakov Trenin and Alexandre Carrier all burst onto the Predators roster and put forth valuable ice time to help push the team into the playoffs.

Offseason development and training camp will be crucial for these young players. The Predators need to enter the season having a firm grasp on who their depth players are, and also decide on others who are rising up the ranks like Philip Tomasino, Rem Pitlick and Frederic Allard.

I’m feeling very confident in the Predators’ prospect pool and think they’ve jumped to the top-half of the league in that regard. The future is bright, and we should be excited about more growth in 2021-22. It will be a major factor into the Predators remaining playoff team and avoiding on long rebuild.