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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Rem Pitlick

You have to think that Rem Pitlick is one of those players that’s “got next” in terms of moving into the NHL roster regularly for the Nashville Predators. There was a logjam of forwards last season, so it was tough to make room for that youth movement until injuries piled up.

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Pitlick logged 10 games last season and has two assists in just over 11 minutes of ice time per game. He didn’t get a ton of work and had a minor role, but he certainly didn’t fold under pressure.

An encouraging stat from Pitlick’s brief stint with the Predators last season was his Corsi-for was at a respectable 52.7 and spent a lot of time in the offensive zone with a 65.1 oZS%,. He also got 11 shots on goal and put out eight hits, so he made his presence known in limited ice time.

I’d really like to see Pitlick in a more regular role on the NHL roster in 2021-22. Maybe not a full-time starter, depending on what happens with the roster this offseason, but definitely some spot starts in certain situations.

If Pitlick does start off in Milwaukee once again, it’ll be his second season there after putting up 36 points in 63 games in 2019-20, and 10 points in brief action with the Chicago Wolves last season.