Young defense continues to improve
But the Predators are still starving for goals
Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, concluding the Central Division on Saturday with the Nashville Predators.
Summer Skate -- Nashville Predators
The Predators, a team that was good on the defensive side of the puck last year with a plus-4.7 defensive GVT, are littered with blue-line talent. Shea Weber and Ryan Suter are in the NHL, and Puck Prospectus favorite Ryan Ellis is on the way to Nashville very soon. Time will tell if the team's offensive game will come together for a postseason berth in 2009-10, but time is not on the side of one veteran forward.
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2009 NHL OFFSEASON
The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their new VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2009-10.
Note: For definitions of GVT and VUKOTA, click here.