Over on his site Brian provides his opinion of what he believes the roster will look like going into next year barring any roster moves.
Another story Brian recently addressed is the loss of Ryan Suter, giving Preds fans a little optimism about losing a huge part of their defense.Top Line: Sergei Kostitsyn - Mike Fisher - Martin EratSecond Line: Colin Wilson - David Legwand - Craig SmithThird Line: Gabriel Borque - Nick Spaling - Patric HornqvistFourth Line: Matt Halischuk - Paul Gaustad - Brandon YipScratches: Brian Mcgratten and Chris MuellerFirst Pair: Weber - JosiSecond Pair: Klein - BlumThird Pair: Gill - EllisScratch: Mathais EkholmStarting Goalie: Pekka RinneBack-up Goalie: Chris Mason
Even with the departure of Suter, I am not tremendously concerned with defense. Between Trotz's ability to run a defensive system, Pekka's unbelievable talent, and possibly the best defensive forward core in the league, defense is not something that I am worried about. Nashville hasn't been an offensive threat since J.P. Dumont was putting up sixty points a season. So the question arises, what will the Preds do for offense. I expect both Josi and Ellis to have bigger offensive years, the same goes for forwards Craig Smith and Gabriel Borque.
Brian and Ryan Smith will be our main contributors of Predators information heading into the 2012-2013 season, so look for something from them every Tuesday.