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Instant Analysis: Gill Signing

Thursday, 06.28.2012 / 4:03 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Instant Analysis: Gill Signing

Hal Gill’s two-year contract to return to the Preds provides a major piece to the framework of the team’s defensive corps for next season. With Gill back in the fold, the pairings for next season appear to have significantly more clarity. Shea Weber and Ryan Suter – GM David Poile has made it clear that while he anticipates a favorable decision from Suter, the Preds have other targets identified for top-pairing minutes if Suter exercises his option to play elsewhere – at the top of the depth chart. Roman Josi appears in line for second-pairing minutes, either matched with Kevin Klein or Gill; both combinations had significant success for key stretches last season and both combinations are likely to get looks over the course of the 2012-13 season. The other of Klein/Gill is likely to serve as a veteran mentor to one of Nashville’s young talented defensemen --- with Jon Blum, Ryan Ellis, and Mattias Ekholm the three most likely candidates to win NHL spots out of camp, but don’t discount Finnish free agent signee Joonas Jarvinen, a more physical defensive presence.

But having Klein and Gill as a veteran presence for the second and third pairings – plus stability on the penalty kill and in late-game pressure situations – gives the Preds a calming influence heading into 2012-13.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
C. Wilson 64 6 18 -1 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33