Thomas “Tommy” Novak
During the third quarter of the Nashville Predators season, Thomas Novak has really started to come into form and play some good hockey. The 25-year-old, third round pick for the Predators in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, was initially called up from Milwaukee on December 19, 2022 and has no intentions of going back.
From January 14 – March 9, Novak posted five goals and 15 assists. Two of his five goals came on the power play, which has been a sore topic for this Predators team all season. In the +/- column, Novak is a -2.
Being a veteran in Milwaukee, Novak has a very disciplined style of play and has only taken two minor penalties over these 19 games. If Novak can keep this level of play going, he will be one reason why the Predators have a chance of making the Playoffs this season.
Remarkably, Novak missed over two months to open the season but is fifth on the team in points with 29 in 35 games played.