The Predators might be ready to join the elite of the NHL. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Around the NHL in 30 Days: Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators took a big step last year by making the playoffs and battling Vancouver in a tough Western Conference semifinal. Nashville is home to one of the league’s best goalies (Pekka Rinne), one of the league’s best defensemen (Shea Weber) and several rookies with high potential. Could this be the year the Preds make the jump to an elite team?

Dan Bradley of Predlines has this to say about the upcoming season:

Without a doubt, this is the turning point for the Nashville Predators. The Three marquee players are entering their contract years. Of the 12 marquee rookies this year listed by, four will be wearing the fangs this year. The kids have the keys to the car this year. With revenue up, and the new ownership possibly about to add another partner which could even further stabilize the team and anchor them permanently at 501 Broadway, it’s within the realm of possibility this could be the last year Nashville hangs around the midpoint. That is, if the front office wants to keep all three of Ryan Suter, Pekka Rinne, and Shea Weber.

You can read the rest of Bradley’s preview at Predlines.

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