With the Nashville Predators set to take the ice on September 26 for their first preseason game of the 2021-22 season, we take an early look at some possible line combinations that Head Coach John Hynes could implement.
Even though we are still amid free agency, with the most talked-about story being which team Jack Eichel will be playing for next season, GM David Poile appears to have completed his Summer shopping, at least for the time being.
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With Poile in the beginning stages of his “competitive rebuild,” we have recently seen the exodus of some big names, whether through the expansion draft, free agency, trades, or retirement.
Viktor Arvidsson, Calle Jarnkrok, Ryan Ellis, and Pekka Rinne are Predators no more, along with free agents Erik Haula, Erik Gudbranson, and Brad Richardson.
And while these moves provided Poile with some cap space leverage, he is holding on to his money and looking towards younger players to fill the roster.
With the recent roster changes and the fact that Poile didn’t hand out a $10M contract to a big-name free agent, we must ask the question.
What will the forward lines look like when the puck drops for the first game of the regular season?
And with that, I present the “way too early” and “totally subjective” forward lines for the Nashville Predators at the start of the 2021-22 season.