by Rickey Brooksher | Blues Correspondent | Mon, Aug 24th 10:20pm EDT
James Neal scored 23 goals and 14 assists in 67 games his first year in Nashville. He also dealt with injuries holding him back from reaching totals he has produced before in his career. The Predators expect him to reach those numbers this season as long as he remains healthy, and the young talent around him takes the next step in their development. (NHL)
Neal's first season with the Preds was filled with ups and downs. He seemed to be a streaky scorer for the much improved team. If he can be more consistent this season then he should get most of his playing time on the first line with Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg. That would be a potent line should each player be hitting on all cylinders.