Photo: Miikka Salomaki looks poised to have an offensive breakout with the Milwaukee Admirals in his second AHL season. (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The most obvious change for the Nashville Predators this season will be behind the bench, where veteran coach Peter Laviolette replaces the only coach in the history of the franchise, Barry Trotz.
Photo: Filip Forsberg recorded one goal and four assists in 13 games with the Nashville Predators in 2013-14. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The Nashville Predators have made a push in recent years to get more scoring talent into their organization and, while that has not yet paid dividends on the pro level, it is reflected in the prospect pool. Read more»
Photo: The selection of Jonathan-Ismael Diaby at 64th overall in 2013 added more size and a nasty physical edge to the Nashville blue line prospects (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The second straight season of missing the playoffs led to the dismissal of Barry Trotz, the only coach the Nashville Predators have had in their 15 years of existence. With David Poile as the general manager and much of the hockey operations team still in place it is not likely that Nashville's organizational philosophy will be all that different.
Photo: Goaltender Marek Mazanec made his North American debut in 2013-14, earning 25 NHL starts due to injuries in Nashville as well as 31 starts in AHL Milwaukee (courtesy of Juan Salas/Icon SMI)
Spring 2014 brought about the end of the first phase in Nashville's hockey evolution. The always-appreciated Barry Trotz makes way for unceremoniously-dumped Peter Laviolette, a coach who will be expected to make even more of this always promising team.
Photo: Felix Girard led the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in faceoff percentage (61-percent) and penalty minutes (43) during the club’s 22-game run to the President’s Cup finals (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The 2013-14 post-season was memorable for many of the wrong reasons for the Nashville Predators at the pro level.