2. Novak Tallies Only Predators Goal, Gets Time on the Top Power Play Unit
Novak is a major x-factor to whether or not the Nashville Predators show vast improvement in their offensive scoring abilities. Former Head Coach John Hynes was criticized for limiting players’ offensive skillsets, and now he’s gone with Brunette being tasked with unlocking that peak potential.
It’s completely unclear where Novak is going to slot into the lineup, but we do know he’ll be somewhere in the starting lineup. Most likely at center, although he can play wing if needed, but whether he plays his way into the top-six or starts as a depth bottom-six player is up for debate.
Novak showcased his accuracy with this goal on the set up pass from Tyson Barrie, who was quarterbacking the play as the defenseman at the point. A flashy wrister with perfect accuracy beat Tampa Bay goaltender Matt Tomkins.
Tomkins had no real chance at denying this Novak goal, unless he was just going to get lucky. Aside from that, Tomkins saw the puck well as a former 7th Round pick from the 2012 draft who has never started an NHL regular season game.
Novak also get the nod on the Predators top power play unit, which has also been the topic of speculation on how Brunette will build those lines. Novak was on a top unit with Forsberg, O’Reilly, Barrie and Roman Josi.