Predators Player Rankings – Week 5



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Brace yourselves Preds fans: the 7 game road trip begins tonight. They were 1-2 on the week, with a dreadful loss to St. Louis and a lackluster effort against Minnesota. We did get another solid win against Winnipeg and got a preview of how Hutton will do as a starting goalie. A big four day break for the Preds, and they will only have two games this week, Thursday and Sunday, to get back on track. 
Also I need to apologize for the time it took to get this week's up … I managed to delete both partitions on my home computer. I really don't want to talk about it. 

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

Player Position Rank Movement Short Description
David Legwand C 1 +1 Legwand had two assists in the 3-2 win over Winnipeg: one on the game winning goal and another on Weber's powerplay tally. He leads the team in assists (6) and points (7).
Shea Weber D 2 +3 Weber scored another powerplay goal this week which puts him among only 6 other defenseman to get two or more PPGs. His defensive play has also picked up quite a bit.   
Patric Hornqvist RW 3 0 Hornqvist scored another one this week (against Winnipeg) to bring his count up to four. He leads the team in goals. 
Craig Smith RW 4 0 Big OT game winning goal for Craig Smith who is starting to look confident on that line with Bourque and Cullen. A player I thought might be fringe this season has made his case so far with two goals and five assists … tied with Legwand for points. 
Seth Jones D 5 -4 Another week another solid effort by Jones. He has 5 points, which places him third amongst rookie defenseman … but surely his playing time makes up for some of that. Big question: Josi returns this week, does Jones get bumped? This blogger says nay. 
Mike Fisher C 6 +1 Fisher was coming off of an lower body injury and missed the game against Minnesota. He did have one assists in the Winnipeg win to bring his season totals to 2G/4A
Colin Wilson LW 7 -1 Wilson was pointless and -2 this week, but didn't look like a waste of space. I do sometimes have a difficult time noticing him on the ice though. 
Matt Cullen C 8 0 Pointless week for Cullen as well, but he's much better now than he was two weeks ago. He's getting the puck in the right places and giving a nice second center punch to Fisher.
Filip Forsberg LW 9 +1 Forsberg was a healthy scratch against the Wild and then got an assist against Winnipeg. I think he was playing well enough on the third line to not merit the scratch. He doesn't really look so bad out there – just maybe not the immediate superstarTrotz wanted. That team worst -7 though …
Carter Hutton G 10 +4 This could be Hutton's big break. He played well against the Jets and played less well against the Blues (although no one can blame all the goals on him). Don't think for a second that Trotz will hesitate to use Hellberg though. 
Nick Spaling RW 11 +5 A nice Spaling shorty in the 6-1 blowout to St. Louis. He's arguably making a case for himself as he played in all 3 games this week, coming out with an even +/- while the team had a -6 goal differential. 
Eric Nystrom LW 12 -1 Nystrom is a big contributor to our only just very slightly above league average penalty kill. Nystrom had a fighting major when he through a couple at Prosser during the Wild game. 
Gabriel Bourque LW 13 -1 I'm guessing Bourque is the next guest at Barry's Doghouse Inn (where your second night is free). Two assists in 11 games – not enough for a second liner. 
Paul Gaustad C 14 -1 It's nice having Gaustad out there. Yeah he's overpayed for his fourth line role. But he is very clutch in the faceoff dot – a skill recognized across the league, and gives good size. 
Ryan Ellis D 15 0 Ellis is playing as an adequate third D linemate. He's actually quite good on the powerplay – that's surprised me. 
Kevin Klein D 16 +3 Still not overwhelmingly impressed with Klein… but I thought he played well against the Wild. Klein leads the team in blocked shots and is tied at 13th in the league with 31.
Mattias Ekholm D 17 +1 Ekholm had an assist against St. Louis and was actually a +1 in the 6-1 loss. That's actually really impressive. My money is on him to be a healthy scratch when Josi returns though. -5 on the season.
Victor Bartly D 18 -1 Bartley still looking for his first point of the season. Went -3 in the game against St. Louis (OUCH). 
Viktor Stalberg LW 19 +1 No points yet … but Barry is being way too hard on him benching him in consecutive games. Stalberg needs a chance out there, and playing RW on the Gaustad/Hendricks line isn't going to cut it. 
Matt Hendricks RW 20 +1 Hendricks … 2 minors and a major in 3 games. 
Rich Clune RW 21 +1 Clune played against Minnesota and was chirping the whole game and dropped em early with Konopka. I really wish we didn't make the offseason moves we did so that Rich could get more playing time … but we did. 
Magnus Hellberg G 22 NA Hellberg let in a goal on fours shots against the Blues so he basically sucks. … nah just kidding. I bet he gets a start sooner rather than later. He is hyped up to get his first bit of NHL action
Roman Josi D 23 0 IR – Cleared for contact earlier this week. May be activated for the Phoenix game. 
Pekka Rinne G 24   IR for 4 weeks minimum.