Summer Skate: Nashville Predators
Five playoff appearances in six years, but can this squad take it up a level?
Using the VUKOTA projection system of Puck Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Summer Skate -- Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators enjoyed their third 100-point season; it was the fifth time in six years they had reached the postseason, but again, they didn't get out of the first round. Barry Trotz is the second-longest-serving coach in the NHL after Buffalo's Lindy Ruff, but with struggling special teams, an aging roster and a chronic inability to reach the next level, you do have to wonder if fresh blood is coming to Music City soon.
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2010 NHL OFFSEASON
The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2010-11.