Koistinen, 26, played in 48 games for the Predators last season, registering 17 points (4G, 13A) and he was a +13. If the Preds can get him going at his full potential for all 82 games, he could come out of nowhere this season and become a very good NHL defenseman and a very solid pool pick. He could be a good one to take as your last defenseman, as he may surprise a lot of people.
|J-P Dumont||Ryan Suter||Dan Ellis|
|Jason Arnott||Dan Hamhuis|
|Alexander Radulov||Shea Weber|
|Martin Erat||Ville Koistinen|
|David Legwand||Greg de Vries|
|Vern Fiddler||Greg Zanon|
The Predators now have 18 players ready to play full-time in the coming year at a reasonable cap hit of $39.4 million. The team also has plenty of young talent still coming up the ranks to fill some of the gaps, including Pekka Rinne in goal, Jonathan Blum & Cody Franson on the blueline and Antti Pihlstrom up front. They might need them too, since the free agent pool has run dry of great talent.