We try to play matchmaker for the best remaining players in NHL free agency including Mike Hoffman and Anthony Duclair.
The Nashville Predators are not a team that enjoys scoring goals. After over 20 years of NHL hockey in the city, this is just an understood fact of Predators fandom. The team plays solid defense, has good goaltending, and wins games via depth and shutting down opponents; this is the model that David Poile and Barry Trotz constructed in the franchise’s infancy, and it still stands today.
Josi was considered a bit of a raw prospect when the Preds drafted him in the second round. He was a 17-year-old during his draft year, playing 35 games for SC Bern against opponents twice his age. In a textbook example of “not rushing your players’ development,” the Preds kept Josi in Switzerland for two more years; the last season saw Josi (still only 19) score 13 points in 15 playoff games to lead Bern to an NLA title.