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Preds mid-season report Written by Jay - January 25th, 2011

Season 8 is now half completed and the Preds are sitting in 9th place after tonight's loss against the powerful Oilers. Even though Nashville's first 15 games were quite brutal (the team's record was 4-9-2, good for the 2nd last spot in the Western Conference), the team has only shown signs of improvment since then.

Jason Arnott, Troy Brouwer, Sean O'Donnell, Chris Butler, Michal Roszival and Francois Beauchemin have been acquired by GM Jay after their slow start. Arnott has a point per game since he joined the team, Brouwer has shown interesting signs of a regular goal scorer and O'Donnell and Beauchemin contribute on both the power play and the penalty kill. Jay also managed to build a team without giving away all his picks in the upcoming draft. He still has a pick in each of the first 5 rounds and owns 2 in the first round which will most likely help to plan for the future.

The team is still ranking at the botton of the league in terms of goal scoring like last year but still within the league leaders when it comes down to goals against per game. Even if their total of goals for this year isn't high, 3 players are doing very good. Eric Belanger (acquired from Buffalo before the start of the season) is leading the team with 36 points. Andy Greene (acquired last year from Toronto) is having a great first pro season with 32 points which is good for an invitation to the All-Star game next weekend. Finally, Antti Miettinen is having the best season of his career (...and by far) with a total of 31 points. Both Greene and Miettinen are Restricted Free Agents at the end of the season. GM Jay already confirmed that he will try in his power to resign Greene but he's still not sure if he will be able to resign Miettinen, especially with Brouwer also being RFA. Francois Beauchemin and Sean O'Donnell are UFAs at the end of the season. Jay will most likely use their money to resign Greene. He might try to keep one of them depending on how much Greene demands.

However, some veterans are being disappointing so far this year. Michal Handzus and Chris Kunitz are below the team's expectations. No doubt the team will need more contribution from these veterans in the 2nd half of the season if they want to be part of the spring dance. When asked if he will be a seller or a buyer before the trade deadline, GM Jay said:"I guess we'll see where we are in the standing then and evaluate what we have and what we can get. Cap space is an issue for everybody in the league so I don't expect as many trades as last year. That being said, if the team continues to play the way they have been playing lately, we can hope to be a buyer."

The Preds now have two back-to-back games at home against the Leafs and the Penguins.

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