Predators Player Rankings – Week 4

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A great week for Predators hockey! Nashville got 7 out of 8 possible points this past week, with wins agains Florida, Montreal and Winnipeg and an OTL against Los Angeles. The game in Montreal was a great demonstration of this team's abilities when up against a formidable opponent. And to follow it up with the a great effort the next day in the second leg of back to back road games was impressive.

It's worth noting that this week some players moved down to no fault of their own, just teammates having more successful games. 

Read the full play rankings below, and check out last weeks here.

Player Position Rank Movement Short Description
Seth Jones D 1 0 Jones is still killing it with another assist this week and a clutch game winning goal against Montreal that reached highlight reels across North America. He's taken only one penalty and is second highest TOI on the team.
David Legwand C 2 +3 Legwand had three primary assists this week (two on the Powerplay), giving him 5 points on the year. Two of his assists came in the big win against Montreal. He's needed to step up a bit in the absence of Fisher and has done so adequately. 
Patric Hornqvist RW 3 0 Hornqvist had two goals on the week, the first was a game winning powerplay goal against Florida and the second was an unassisted deflection against Winnipeg. Either way, Hornqvist is looking motivated. 
Craig Smith RW 4 +10 Craig Smith got really hot this week, getting four points (1G, 3A) in four games. Hard to establish if he's woken up or is just getting streaky, but nonetheless he gets a big jump in my rankings. 
Shea Weber D 5 +7 Weber got his first goal of the season against Florida and his second goal of the season against Montreal. He also had an assist this week. I'm not sure that he's reached Norris form yet, but we're getting closer. 
Colin Wilson RW/C 6 -1 Three assists this week for Wilson. A good week of hockey. Hopefully he can start chipping in some goals as well. 
Mike Fisher C 7 -5 Fisher had a really good game against Florida, but then suffered an injury in LA that had him listed as Day to Day for the MTL and WPG games. I didn't see the incident myself. He should be back this week. 
Matt Cullen C 8 +6 Cullen is starting to look more like the top six center we purchased. His first goal was nothing special, but did take some composure to finish. His second was against The Jets and was a nice marker that provided some late game insurance.  
Pekka Rinne G 9 0 A really great week for Rinne, A .94 sv% in 3 games. One might argue he should have allowed less goals against Florida. But he looked really solid going toe to toe with Quick and Price. 
Filip Forsberg C/W 10 0 Two assists for Forsberg as he quietly gets points. I don;t know … he's coming a bit short of my expectations, but I guess he is only 19. 
Eric Nystrom RW 11 -4 Nystrom had a great week, especially with his Shorty against WPG. He is performing his role and much more. I love that he can play on just about any line and be effective. 
Gabriel Bourque LW 12 +8 A better week for Bourque but I think we all still expect more. He got a primary and a secondary assist and was plus 4. He needs to click better with Cullen and Smith to really earn the title of first line. 
Paul Gaustad C 13 -7 Gaustad is a legend in the faceoff circle. At 61.1% he is a big (sic) reason Nashville leads the league in faceoffs (55.8%, .1% higher than Minnesota, as of end of day on the 20th). 
Carter Hutton G 14 +1 In Korn we Trust. Hutton had a phenomenal game against Winnipeg, saving 38 of 39 shots (.974). Combined with his performance against St. Louis in relief, the team might start to have some confidence in Hutton and be able to give Rinne a bit more rest. 
Ryan Ellis D 15 -7 A good week for Ryan Ellis. I still think he is doing enough to keep his spot when Josi returns. 
Nick Spaling C 16 -3 Spaling had a chance to impress on his adventure into the lineup over the weekend. Taking the center position on the Legwand line, Spaling was quite invisible against Montreal and only slightly less invisible against Winnipeg. 
Victor Bartley D 17 -1 Bartley is still looking solid given his age and experience.He has taken 5 minors though. 
Mattias Ekholm D 18 -1 Ekholm is pointless on the season and has stayed out of the box, but is a -4 in his pairing with Kevin Klein. He's got 9 Shots on goal to his credit
Kevin Klein D 19 0 Klein is starting to find himself in the slot a bit more, but isn't getting anything to show for it. No points on the season and a minus 4, Klein is falling short at both ends of the ice. 
Viktor Stalberg LW 20 -2 Potentially the biggest disappointment so far. Even though he's on the ice with Hendricks and Gaustad, Stalberg doesn't look like he's able to do much. He's got 6 shots in 5 games. 
Matt Hendricks RW 21 +1 Hendricks didn't get a nod in the shootout against LA, much to the disappointment of the fans. He hasn't been very good in 5 on 5, taking some pretty bad penalties (notably against WPG). His PK skills are appreciated though.
Rich Clune LW 22 -1 Clune is still out for Personal Reasons. Best wishes to him and his family through this difficult time. 
Roman Josi D 23 0 IR. Not return date.