Granlund‘s name is one that has consistently been at the top of lists of those who could be traded from the Predators. And honestly, if this team does sell at the deadline, he should be one of the first players to go.
Granlund has always been reliable at what he does best, which is distributing and being a steady defensive presence and overall solid two-way player. This year, he has eighteen assists which is good, and he has still been heavily relied on as a penalty killer and as a result is leading all forwards on the team in ice time.
Unfortunately, one of the weaknesses throughout his career is really rearing its ugly head this year, which is goal scoring. He has been absolutely snakebitten in that category this year, and this game against the Winnipeg Jets shows that he lacks the confidence to shoot the puck right now.
Given the Predators’ offensive struggles as a whole, it is not hard to imagine why he is not doing so well right now. He is still a good player in this league and could be rejuvenated in a better situation, and if other teams out there believe that, they would have no problem taking on his contract.
A trade would provide a fresh start for Granlund, and it might end up helping the Predators too due to their over-abundance at the center position. He is someone who many including myself have really liked during his time in Nashville, but right now it just looks like parting ways may be in the best interest of both sides.