#82 Thomas Novak
The first newer face to the team that we will look at is Thomas Novak. Anyone that followed the Nashville Predators this season should not be surprised to see his name on this list as he was phenomenal in his 51 games in the NHL this season.
After playing in his first game of the season with the Predators on December 19th, Novak made sure that he would not get sent back to Milwaukee. Novak ranked third on the team in points and his shot percentage was nearly 5% greater than the second shot percentage, among players recording at least 50 shots on goal, on the team with an astounding 18.3%.
Posting 17 goals and 26 assists, Novak showed the coaching staff that he has what it takes to be a top-six forward in the NHL. Add his offensive ability with the fact that he only committed four minor penalties throughout his time with the Predators, there is no doubt that there will be a spot for Novak on the roster next season.
If it were not for players like Novak that stepped up and answered the call, the Nashville Predators would have been eliminated from playoff contention long before they finally were 80 games in.