Predators hire Peter Laviolette

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The fantasy impact of Nashville hiring Peter Laviolette

The Nashville Predators have named Peter Laviolette their second coach in franchise history, taking over from mainstay Barry Trotz. The fantasy implications are obvious, as anyone besides Trotz would have to be an offensive improvement. 


Not counting the three games Laviolette coached this year for the Flyers before getting fired, his previous four campaigns in Philadelphia saw the Flyers rank eighth, third, second, and ninth in goals for. In two of those seasons Philly averaged more than three goals a night. Granted, one could make an argument that Nashville didn’t have as much talent as the Flyers did at the forward position, but Laviolette is still certainly an upgrade from an offensive fantasy perspective. 


To further that point, check out this Puck Daddy piece from today that outlines Laviolette's history.


"Laviolette's offensive-minded philosophy is evidenced by his teams' goals for rankings through the years – six times in eight full seasons his teams have finished in the Top 10 in the category, with three of those being top-three results. When coaching a team for a full season, Laviolette's squad has never finished lower than 13th in goals for. That doesn't include his two midseason takeovers where the Hurricanes improved their goals for average from 1.87 to 2.23 when he moved behind the bench in 2003-04