Nashville Predators: Four Key Players Who Will Need to be Leaders

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 30: (L-R) Filip Forsberg #9 and Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators celebrate Forsberg's third period goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 30, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. The Predators defeated the Devils 6-5 in the shoot-out. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 30: (L-R) Filip Forsberg #9 and Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators celebrate Forsberg's third period goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 30, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. The Predators defeated the Devils 6-5 in the shoot-out. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Captain Roman Josi

The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded to NHL’s top defenseman “who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.” Roman Josi won the Norris Trophy in 2020 and continues to exemplify everything described and more.

Josi had an incredible season that year and cemented his place in the NHL as a top defenseman. He is an elite player and an incredible leader on and off the ice.

Josi was named Nashville’s captain before the start of the 2017-18 season. He will enter his fifth season as captain, and there isn’t anyone on the team who is better suited for the job.

While the team struggled last season, Josi’s leadership shined through. By working with the other captains and Head Coach John Hynes, he was able to help navigate the team to an improbable, albeit short, playoff appearance.

With all of the team’s roster changes and the impending rebuild, Josi will have his work cut out for him. The younger players will be counted on to continue to build on the momentum from last season, and Josi will be counted on to lead his young team to victory and make a return to Norris caliber.

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It is unfortunate that the Predators will have to endure a rebuild because of past mistakes made by the front office. However, the team has player leadership that can help shape the team and get them on the right track.

It is tough for young players and prospects to make an NHL roster, made even tougher in the Predators’ case due to the rebuild. However, the Predators’ captains will help smooth the rough waters ahead.

The Predators may struggle this upcoming season. They will have to fight for every win they get and may face lots of adversity. But with the roster changes the front office has finally made and the leadership in place, they have a brighter future ahead.