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If the Predators can retain a key offensive threat, they can let other top guys walk

Originally Published: June 17, 2010
By Andrew Rothstein and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Patric HornqvistMike Stobe/NHLI/Getty ImagesThe return of Patric Hornqvist is pretty essential to the Predators and their fan base.

Plugging Holes -- Nashville Predators

The Hole: Offense in general

The Predators finished 17th in even-strength offense last year with a minus-0.6 GVT and were 18th in goals per game with 2.65. While Nashville received contributions on offense from some of their stars, they will need to improve at scoring if they plan to finally get over the first-round hump in the playoffs that they've had trouble overcoming the past few seasons.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.