Figure Out a Plan for Cody Glass
This is starting to become a legitimate thing to be worried about; Cody Glass, much of it due to two stints on IR, has had trouble getting his season going. Since then, he has been healthy scratched, including against the Stars.
The Predators went with Ryan O'Reilly, Tommy Novak, Colton Sissons and Michael McCarron as their four center against the Stars. Not ideal considering Glass is your hopeful top-six center, and both Sissons and Novak can be effective wingers.
Brunette has taken this approach with his younger players of benching them and giving them a reset. But Glass needs to ultimately be in there and working through the rust. He hasn't had the time to get adjusted to Brunette's system like the others have had.
I would like to see Sissons moved back to the wing and Glass get third line center minutes. If he can start getting back into a groove, ultimately the hope is Glass can be moved back up to second line center duties with Novak on a winger because they have shown in the past they have great chemistry together.
Glass is signed with the Predators through 2024-25 and then becomes an RFA. He's firmly in your long-term future plans, so he needs to be getting regular starts. But Brunette doesn't seem to want to budge on keeping Cole Smith and Michael McCarron is everyday starters.
Something has to give after the roster freeze.