— There’s a lot to like about the Nashville Predators’ prospects.
They’re young, they’re hungry and they have a lot of potential.
And it’s all coming together for them now that they’ve clinched a playoff spot.
Nashville will have to wait a while for that potential to show up.
They’re in a rebuilding phase.
They don’t have the same depth in their roster as they did last season.
The Predators’ farm system has been overhauled with several players traded.
But there’s still plenty of potential for the Predators to get better and get closer to their goal of competing for a Stanley Cup.
Here’s what you need to know:1.
Nashville’s prospects are improvingThe Preds have a solid group of players.
That includes center Ryan Johansen, left wing Filip Forsberg and defenseman P.K. Subban.
They also have veteran defensemen Justin Faulk, Mattias Ekholm and Kevin Fiala, and youngsters like center Olli Juolevi and forward Filip Forsson.
They have prospects like defenseman Seth Jones, defenseman Anthony Bitetto and forward David Schlemko.
But there’s a few problems with the Predators’ organization.
They haven’t done anything to address the team’s goaltending, which is the main issue in the Predators system.
The Preds need to do something soon to address that.2.
Nashville isn’t the only team with a big problem.
The Predators also have some other issues.
They didn’t win a playoff game last season, their farm system is full of young talent, and they haven’t built a great forward core in recent years.
That’s why there’s plenty of concern about the Predators prospects.
The Predis are a young team with high expectations.
They are going to be challenged in the playoffs this year.
The team will be in the mix for a few playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
The biggest issue, however, is that they won’t have all the depth the Predators had last season in the prospect pool.3.
Nashville still has a chanceThe Predators’ team total for this season is 25, which would be the highest since 2005-06.
The top prospects have already made it to the NHL.
The rest are in college or the minors.
The only thing that could put Nashville in a bad spot in the standings is if they don’t get healthy in the early going.
The biggest problem for the Preds this season will be if they can get healthy.
They’ll need to have all five of their top players on the ice for the playoffs.4.
The big question is how the Predators will fill out their forward depthThe Pred’s depth has been a big issue.
Their top players are all 23 or under, and most of their NHL prospects are under 21.
There are plenty of talented players who are already in the NHL, but the Predators don’t even have one NHL-ready prospect.
The best prospects have yet to make it to Nashville.
If the Predators are going for a deep playoff run, they’ll have to bring in some of their young talent.
They need to get them into the lineup.
If they’re going for that playoff spot, they need to be better with the depth they have.5.
What to expect out of NashvilleThe Predators have a long road ahead of them, but they’re on the right path.
It’ll be a long season, but this team is a lot closer to the Stanley Cup than it was a year ago.