You wouldn’t confuse the Nashville Predators for a team that was great during the 2013 NHL season. Nashville finished 16-23-9 and out of the playoffs, but they have already begun to rebuild the team. The Predators re-signed Patric Hornqvist to a five-year contract on Tuesday worth over $21 million. You could say that one of the reasons why Nashville was so bad this season was because they didn’t have much of Hornqvist.
He played in just 24 games as injuries held down his production, but he did score four goals and had ten assists in those games. It is going to be very important that he can stay on the ice for the Predators next season so they can get back to the playoffs after missing them for the first time since 2009 this year. He is a very solid offensive player who had scored 78 goals over his previous three seasons coming into this shortened year.
Hornqvist is just 26 years old as well and is entering the prime of his career. Everyone knows that the talent is there for him, and this season was a wash because of the injuries. I would expect that Nashville gets back on the winning track next year with a healthy Hornqvist especially knowing that they have him for the next five years. It was a very solid move to make to make sure that some of the team’s nucleus didn’t leave town. The Predators had already lost Ryan Suter after last season and couldn’t afford to lose Hornqvist next. Nashville will be a team to keep any eye on next season after this signing.