Summer Skate: Nashville Predators

Five playoff appearances in six years, but can this squad take it up a level?

Originally Published: September 10, 2010
By Robert Vollman & E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

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.