Leading up to the lockout-shortened season, we will be providing 2012-13 previews for each player. In no specific order, we continue with David Legwand today…
David Legwand started the season like gangbusters – so much so some people on Twitter jokingly started a ‘GretzkyWatch’ hashtag. However, after collecting 14 points in the first 13 games, Legwand’s point producing pace slowed down. The longest-tenured Nashville Predator finished 2011-12 with 53 points, the second-best total of his career.
As the second-line center his linemates changed often, ranging from Colin Wilson and Patric Hornqvist early on to Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn later. On special teams, Legwand, as usual, was one of Barry Trotz’s most trusted contributors. Legwand was also able to cash in a handful of big goals, as he scored two of the team’s three regular-season overtime goals (both in comeback wins) and notched the series-clincher in Game 5 against Detroit. He finished the postseason with six points in 10 games.
Legwand returned home to Michigan and worked out there during the lockout.
Legwand heads into the season as the likely second-line center, unless Trotz moves Wilson or Craig Smith to center. Legwand has proved versatile over the years, that his line can be successfully offensively, defensively or both. If Mike Fisher, Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn begin on the same line, you may see Wilson and Hornqvist or Smith on Legwand’s line. You can also expect Legwand to get his regular dosage of special teams ice time.