Nashville Predators: Key Prospects to Take Next Step in 2021-22

Nashville Predators defenseman Jeremy Davies (38) takes a shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Nashville Predators defenseman Jeremy Davies (38) takes a shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /
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Connor Ingram

This is a pretty obvious choice in terms of key prospects for the Predators and need to jump to that next level when the new season starts.

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Connor Ingram finished off in 2019-20 as one of the best, if not the best, goaltenders in the AHL. He was a major reason the Milwaukee Admirals had so much success before the season was cut short due to the pandemic.

Ingram posted a GAA of 1.92 and a save percentage of .933 on his way to an astounding 21-5-6 record in 2019-20 for the Admirals. He suffered some personal health problems back in January, which are so much more important and serious than hockey.

The good news is Ingram got some help and returned back to the ice to play a few games for the Chicago Wolves as the shortened AHL season wrapped up.

I’m really intrigued to see if Ingram can repeat what he did in 2019-20, or even come somewhat close to that dominating performance. Of course a lot of this hinges on Pekka Rinne‘s decision, but I’d prefer to not see Ingram immediately as Juuse Saros’ backup in October.

However, Ingram has a solid chance to eventually become Saros’ backup if 2019-20 was any indication of things to come for him.