Carle is a minus-3 with zero points through four games this season.
What's worse, Carle is averaging just 12:10 in ice time skating on the Preds' third defensive pairing, which not a good sign in terms of future production. Any fantasy owners who took a flier on Carle this season, hoping he might show signs of the 40-point player he once was, are likely to be sorely disappointed.
True, Ekholm hasn't contributed much in the early going thus far. However, he's seeing more ice time compared to last year (24:02 vs. 20:15) and he's shooting the puck more (2.0 shots per game vs. 1.4 last year). If sustained, those two factors alone should lead to higher offensive totals this season. For now, Ekholm remains entrenched as a top-four defenseman for the Preds, and should be owned in almost all medium to deep fantasy formats.
Rinne saved 38 of 42 shots in a loss to the Red Wings on Friday.
Rinne wasn't particularly sharp on two of the four goals he allowed, but he was also tasked with a hefty workload. He owns a solid .922 save percentage through his first three starts but has been rewarded with a single win. The schedule doesn't soften up with Pittsburgh on deck Saturday, and then a five-game road trip beginning with the California trio. Rinne shouldn't be viewed as a slam-dunk starter until he and the Predators hit stride.
Josi registered two power-play assists during Friday's loss to Detroit.
The star defenseman has a goal and three assists through the first four games of the season and is averaging 24:58 of ice time, including 3:01 with the man advantage. His current minus-4 rating is mildly concerning, though, and especially since he's only posted a positive mark once in the previous four years. Still, Josi projects to continue moving the needle across the other categories enough to be considered a high-end fantasy option.
While Forsberg's three power-play assists through the first four games of the season are suitable production, he owns a minus-4 rating and has registered just six shots on net. The plus/minus rating can flip in a hurry, and it's still too early to be concerned about Forsberg's lack of shots, but it's a little surprising he hasn't produced an even-strength point yet. The big games are coming, though, so remain patient with 22-year-old winger.