World News – AU – Predators hope Kunin, Borowiecki add strength, improve special teams


Following the NHL Draft, free agencies and other off-season moves, NHLcom is reviewing each team’s situation in preparation for the 2020-21 regular season, which is scheduled to begin January 1 Today , Nashville Predators:

The Nashville Predators decided a reset was needed after a four-game loss to the Arizona Coyotes in the best of 5 Stanley Cup playoffs

“Our goal going into free agency was to reorganize our squad a bit,” said GM David Poile “Specifically strengthening our forwards, being a harder group of forwards to face and also improving our defensive third pair I think that with our signatures we have achieved these goals « 

Among the additions is forward Luke Kunin, acquired in a trade from the Minnesota Wild to forward Nick Bonino in October. 7 Kunin scored a career-high 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 63 games last season and scored two goals in four playoff games

« He plays in all situations, he plays center, he plays the wing, » said Poile. « He’s playing what I would call a tough game, he’s got a lot of energy, a lot of bite, a power play, a penalty I think he’s just a good all-rounder who is getting better and better « 

Defenseman Mark Borowiecki and forwards Nick Cousins ​​and Brad Richardson have been signed to add strength and improve on a penalty that placed 29th in the NHL last season (761 percent)

“He’s got a level of courage and physicality that we have to come back to, playing to a new standard,” Poile said of Borowiecki. “Plus it’s pretty obvious watching him play and having conversations with him that he will bring a lot of veteran leadership to our hockey club « 

Mark Borowiecki, D: The 31-year-old signed a two-year contract in October 9 He scored a career-high 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 53 games for the Ottawa Senators on Last season Nick Cousins, F: The 27-year-old center, who signed a two-year contract on October 10, scored 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 65 games for the Vegas Golden Knights and Montreal Canadiens Last season He had five assists in 17 playoff games for Vegas Luke Kunin, F: The 22-year-old center was tied for fourth on the Wild with 15 goals last season Brad Richardson, F: Right wing 35-year-old signed a one-year contract on Oct.12 He scored 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 59 regular season games and three points (two goals, one assist) in nine playoff games for the Coyotes

Nick Bonino, F: Scored 35 points (18 goals, 17 assists) in 67 games last season… Mikael Granlund, F: Remains an unrestricted free agent after scoring 30 points (17 goals, 13 assists) in 63 games last season Dan Hamhuis, D: Retired since Aug 13 after getting eight assists in 60 games last season Craig Smith, F: signed a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins on Oct 10 after scoring 31 points (18 goals, 13 assists) in 69 games last season Kyle Turris, F: The final four seasons of his six-year contract were redeemed on October 7 and signed a two-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Oct 9 He scored 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) in 62 games last season Austin Watson, F: Traded to the Senators for a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft in October ten He scored 14 points (six goals , eight assists) in 53 games last season Yannick Weber, D: remains an unrestricted free agent after scoring three points (one goal, two assists) in 41 games last season

Philip Tomasino, F: The 19-year-old center finished fourth in the Ontario Hockey League last season with 100 points (40 goals, 60 assists) for Niagara and Oshawa Eeli Tolvanen, F: The winger 21-year-old right scored two points (one goal, one assist) in seven NHL games from 2017 to 19 He was second to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League with 21 goals in 63 games last season Yakov Trenin, F : The 23-year-old center scored six points (two goals, four assists) in 21 NHL games last season and 35 points (20 goals, 15 assists) in 32 AHL games

Read more about Matt Duchene The center signed a seven-year contract on July 1, 2019, to add more oomph to the lineup behind No 1 center Ryan Johansen, but his 13 goals were the least of his 11 seasons in the NHL

Duchene scored 42 points (13 goals, 29 assists) in 66 games last season, up from 70 points (31 goals, 39 assists) in 2018-19 with the Blue Jackets and Columbus Senators His shooting percentage ( 96%) was much lower than in 2018-19 (180%) and his career NHL average (127%), signaling a potential rebound season The Nashville offense is not loaded with fantastic talent in apart from elite defenseman Roman Josi, but Duchene is set to be a full-time center again this season and among his leaders in average ice time per game, making it worth picking in the late rounds – Rob Reese

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