Revisiting the Biggest Stories for the Nashville Predators in 2023

The new year is here, and the new look Nashville Predators under Andrew Brunette and Barry Trotz's leadership enter 2024 with rejuvenation.
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Filip Forsberg
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Filip Forsberg Keeps Breaking Predators Records

For years we've been waiting for Filip Forsberg to take the next level up to NHL elite territory. He's always been good and a respectable NHL winger from his rookie season in 2014-15 when he finished with 63 points and 4th in the Calder Trophy voting.

However, 2023 has really been the year of Forsberg having something to prove. That his 8-year mega deal signed in 2022 wasn't a mistake, and that he does belong on the Predators' Mount Rushmore of players with Pekka Rinne and Shea Weber.

Forsberg already has the franchise all-time goals lead, and keeps padding that record. He's up to 257 career goals, which is 47 past David Legwand in 2nd place. He recently surpassed Legwand on another all-time list with his 10th and 11th overtime goals.

This is the year that Forsberg can say he has arrived into a new stratosphere of NHL wingers. He's currently on pace for 91 points over an 82-game slate. That would come up just shy of Roman Josi's single season record of 96 points.

What is most impressive is this is all coming off a concussion that ended his 2022-23 campaign prematurely in February, and being unclear how much rust would be involved with new linemates and a new head coach.