|Shea Weber (AP)|
Line 1: Scott Hartnell-David Legwand-Martin Erat
I wouldn't expect Scott Hartnell to repeat what he did this past for the Flyers, but he's still a good top-line player that can give you 25 goals and pester the guy lined up across from him. David Legwand may not have turned out to be the superstar you would like to see with a No. 2 overall pick, but the original Predator has put together a solid career for himself in Nashville.
Line 2: Patric Hornqvist-Colin Wilson-Scott Upshall
Based on what he's done early in his career Colin Wilson looks like he's ready to take on a bigger role in Nashville (and probably already should have by now). The Predators have never really developed a top shelf offensive player (unless you want to count Alexander Radulov, and had he remained in the NHL he would have been included on this roster), but they've produced a lot of really good, solid players that give them a balanced scoring attack (I think people forget they were 8th in the NHL in goals scored this past season) -- Patric Hornqvist is one of those players.
Line 3: Jordin Tootoo-Craig Smith-Gabriel Bourque
Offensive scratch: Nick Spaling
Defensive Pairing 1: Shea Weber-Ryan Suter
Hey, this looks familiar. This of course was the foundation of the Nashville defense for a number of years until this offseason when Suter left for Minnesota in free agency. The Predators also nearly lost Weber when the Flyers signed him to a massive offer sheet. Nashville matched the offer and managed to retain its best player.
Defensive Pairing 2: Dan Hamhuis-Kevin Klein
Two years before they drafted Suter and Weber, the Predators used their first-round pick in 2001 on Dan Hamhuis, and he went on to give them six strong years before moving on to Vancouver. I still think that if he had been healthy during the 2010-11 playoffs he may have made enough of a difference to get the Canucks their first Stanley Cup.
Defensive scratch: Ryan Ellis
Goaltenders: Pekka Rinne - Anders Lindback
Rinne is one of the best of the NHL and one of the biggest reasons for Nashville's success this past season. He's signed to a huge contract for the next seven years. Anders Lindback was a very solid backup for a couple of years but will now get an opportunity to be the No. 1 guy in Tampa Bay following a trade this summer.