Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Nashville Predators

Alexander MacLean


Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Nashville Predators

For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 19th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.


Gone Pekka Rinne, Ryan Ellis, Calle Jarnkrok, Viktor Arvidsson, Erik Haula, Brad Richardson, Erik Gudbranson

Incoming Cody Glass, Philippe Myers, David Rittich, Matt Luff, Matt Tennyson

Impact of changes – Perhaps the most recognized and valuable player for the franchise is now retired, and the hole that Pekka Rinne leaves behind is a big one – literally and figuratively. Luckily for the Predators, they have Juuse Saros locked up on a new extension and ready to manage the crease without Rinne, as he showed last year. The team also has newcomer David Rittich to fill in as the backup for 20 games this year, Connor Ingram in the minors, and prized prospect Yaroslav Askarov in the minors.

On defence, the top spot on the right side is now wide open with the Ryan Ellis trade. There is also now room on the point of the second powerplay. David Farrance could get his foot in the door with both of those opportunities, however, Myers, acquired in the Ellis trade, will also have something to say about it. The six-foot-five rearguard was not given ample opportunity in Philadelphia, but a new team and a new coach may work wonders for his potential. Also in the mix are incumbents Alexandre Carrier and Dante Fabbro. Carrier thrived at the end of last season and into the playoffs with Fabbro on the sidelines, and may actually be the best bet to reclaim his role alongside Roman Josi. He's still flying under the radar because of the logjam.