The rumor mill is in full effect today, running rampant that defected Nashville Predator winger Alexander Radulov may rejoin the team soon.
With the Predators being healthy up front and, maybe even more surprisingly, performing so well offensively, the question needs to be asked: where would the Russian sniper fit in?
Using Monday night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes as a reference, Nashville featured a lineup without Matt Halischuk, Brandon Yip and tough guy Brian McGrattan. In addition, Colin Wilson and rookies Craig Smith and Gabriel Bourque have all been part of an apparent rotation to get everyone on the bottom six playing time. If Radulov comes back, four of the guys listed above will have an even harder time seeing game action.
So where do you put him?
The conventional wisdom is to put an elite offensive player on the top line. But, in Nashville’s case, that may not happen. When the Predators acquired Andrei Kostitsyn from the Montreal Canadiens at the trade deadline, Hea...