David Legwand Helps Nashville Predators Beat San Jose Sharks

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David Legwand was the biggest reason that the Nashville Predators were able to defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Tuesday. He had a goal and an assist in the game, and was +2.

Shea Weber and Legwand pretty much generated almost all of the offense for the Predators, who are looking to get back into the thick of things in the Western Conference. Legwand created many chances tonight and was very talkative when he was on the ice, taking on a bit of a leadership role.

Legwand, a former no. 2 pick in the 1998 draft, has long been thought to be a bust from an upside standpoint without one 30-goal season in his entire career. He was highly touted after a 100 plus-point season for the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. From a point production perspective this season, Legwand really has not been producing what was expected of him.

He had a solid game carrying the puck into the zone and looking to pass to teammates in stride. He was able to move the puck with the next pass in mind, which made his shot all the more dangerous as opponents normally expect him to pass. If Legwand could step up his game even more significantly, it could be a large boost for a Nashville team that often has to be creative to produce offense.

Legwand seems to be one of the truly good guys in this league. He’s humble, but vocal. I was very impressed with his ability to communicate with both his teammates and his coaching staff. He definitely showed maturity, and may even be on the cusp of improving his play and getting to the 20-goal, 25-assist markers that would be reasonable numbers for him to post.

The thing that has always bothered me about Legwand is that he often rushes and moves before he can really process what is going on. He does not have a high hockey IQ and often appears to play by himself off the puck without the proper awareness of teammates who are trying to get him the puck. I feel as though his all-around offensive game is still lacking, and he often scores similar-looking goals.

Always one of the fastest skaters on the ice, Legwand’s reputation for speed used to be the reason for most of his fame. He was able to beat out icings and really have a “head of steam” skating through the offensive zone. Unfortunately, this never really translated to any goal or point-scoring prowess, at least not at the level that was expected of him by scouts, coaching staffs and even teammates.

The problem is that Legwand’s hands could never really catch up to his skates, and even though he’s been relatively successful as a NHL skater, he could not convert a large number of the chances that his speed created. Some improvement from him could provide some solid secondary scoring at an excellent time of the year for Nashville, who could use help finding the net more often.

See if Nashville can continue winning with Legwand out on the ice and get your Predator tickets here.

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