It has been a breakout year for Scott Walker, and no one on the Nashville Predators coaching staff is surprised.
Heading into Wednesday night's game with Dallas, Walker was second on the team in points with 51. He leads the team in goals with 24, the only player to reach the 20-goal mark.
"We felt Scott had a bigger upside," said Nashville coach Barry Trotz. "I think he started feeling good about himself in terms of his game. He has come a long way from just a part-time role-player to a fairly regular guy.
"Now he is playing on the penalty kill and power play and making a difference on our hockey team. And he wants to be a part of that difference," Trotz said.
Walker, one of the four original players left from the Predators