Nashville’s Chances to Win Stanley Cup

Nashville’s Chances to Win Stanley Cup

The Nashville Predators are the defending President’s Trophy winners, however they are coming off of a somewhat disappointing Second Round exit to the Winnipeg Jets.

Nashville is one of the few teams remaining in the NHL to have yet to win a Stanley Cup, although the past two seasons they have made great strides towards that.

With a team that has proven it can win games, GM David Poile has kept the roster primarily intact, except for the departures of Scott Hartnell, and Mike Fisher.

Up front the Predators have Johansen, Forsberg, Arvidsson, Turris, Fiala, and Smith as their top six.

That is a very solid and explosive top six.

For depth, Nashville has Jarnkrok, Bonino, Sissons, Tolvanen, Hartman, and Watson.

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Austin Watson is facing a 27 game suspension to start the season, but with this depth, I do not expect that to be a huge problem for Nashville.

In my opinion, this part of the roster coming up is the Predators’ biggest weapon.

For top four Defenseman Nashville has P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, and Ryan Ellis.

That is the best top four in the NHL.

To fill in the bottom slots are Hamhuis, Irvin, Weber, and Bitetto.

Can not complain about those four for depth Defensemen.

In net coming off a Vezina winning season is Pekka Rinne, and to back him up is All-Rookie Team nominee Juuse Saros.

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Everyone saw last year how dangerous this team can be when they are firing on all cylinders, especially in Smashville.

Nashville has a serious chance of winning the Stanley Cup this season if they can stay healthy, have Rinne on his game, and have the best scoring Defense group in the league do their job.

But what stuck out to me when looking at this roster is the fact that the only Forwards up for free agency next season are Fiala, Sissons, and Hartman; all restricted free agents.

Even the season after that the only Forward that will be a free agent is Austin Watson.

On Defense, Subban, Ekholm, and Ellis are all signed through the 2021-22 season, Roman Josi is set to be a free agent at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Pekka Rinne’s contract is up at the end of this season, at that point he will be 36, it will be interesting to see what happens there.

Retirement, free agency, or one year deal?

Saros has incredible potential, and just signed a three year extension this off-season.

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The point is, this team is staying together for a bare minimum of two more seasons, it would be an absolute shame if this team were not able to get the job done.

General Manager Poile has done a tremendous job putting together a team with the potential to win multiple Stanley Cups in my opinion.

By no means am I saying this team is going to become a dynasty, but I do see a similarity between this team and the Islanders and Oilers of the Eighties.

Both of those dynasties lost in the playoffs before they were able to capture the Stanley Cup.

The Islanders lost to the Rangers in 1979 in the Semi-Finals, after that they didn’t lose a series for the next four years, winning four Stanley Cups, and 19 playoff series in a row.

The Oilers lost in 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1983 in the playoffs before winning four of the next five Stanley Cups.

Nashville lost to Pittsburgh in the Finals in 2017, and lost to the Jets in the Second Round last season.

Lessons are being learned, and experience is being gained, however Nashville is not a bunch of 21 year old kids like Edmonton was, they do not have the amount of years ahead of them that the Oilers did.

Does Nashville have the potential to win Stanley Cups?

Yes, more than the potential to do so, but it needs to be done within the next few seasons.

I look forward to seeing what this team is able to accomplish moving forward.

 

Photo Sources:

Featured: http://www.ontheforecheck.com

Roman Josi: http://www.thunder1320.com

Viktor Arvidsson: http://www.NHL.com

Ryan Johansen: http://www.zimbio.com

Austin Watson: http://www.onlinegambling.com

P.K. Subban: http://www.sportingnews.com

Filip Forsberg: http://www.NHL.com

Mattias Ekholm: http://www.eliteprospects.com

Ryan Ellis: http://www.nashvillescene.com

Pekka Rinne: http://www.upi.com

Rinne and Saros: http://www.deskgram.net

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