After a flurry of activity this Father’s Day weekend, Predators’ GM David Poile wasted no time in making his plans for the team clear. Sorry for the quick points, but I had to take brief notes while he was talking.
*Hamhuis trade was in the works for a very long time. Wanted to move Hamhuis during the season (at least that is the vibe I got) but chose not for some reason. He had other offers for Hamhuis, but elected on the Flyers in order to obtain an NHL ready prospect. Poile is obviously familiar with his 2005 first round draft pick (Parent) so that is the deal that made the msot sense to him. I thought it was a good return for a guy Nashville wasn’t going to keep. I fully expect Hamhuis to ask for at least $4M. Not sure how Philly is going to get it done, but I guess that is their problem.
*Wilson will be this teams number one center. Legwand is number two and Goc is number three. That was pretty much a given.
*Arnott wanted to stay for more years but Poile basically said he didn’t fit into the teams plans. I can’t help but think this was the more diplomatically correct response.
*Thinks that the youth filled core can fill the needs of the team. This made me laugh. When Cal O’Reilly (who isn’t REALLY bad, just ok.) is your best forward prospect, you got problems.
*Poile mentioned he expects a lot of activity. He will keep his options open. Surprisingly, he said he would be willing to make a few more trades or sign a UFA in order to improve the team’s scoring. This is GREAT news. About time.
*Will look at Blackhawks for possible options. This isn’t a surprise since EVERYTEAM is looking to take advantage of the Hawks cap problems.
*Still working on Hornqvist deal. Get it done already. Pay the Super Swedish Viking!
*Expect the Predators to take the best player available with their 18th overall pick. While it looks like a forward, Poile said drafting a D man is not out the question. Not what I wanted to hear really. I am still hoping Poile trades up.
That about sums things up.
PART THREE OF THE DRAFT PREVIEW
I only have the last ten picks of the first round left to assign. Due to time constraints (sorry guys) I can’t go into much detail.
21. Evegeny Kuznetsov
22. Pitlick, Tyler
23. Dylan Mcilrath
24. Jaden Schwartz
25. Jarred Tinordi
26. Brock Nelson
27. Charlie Coyle
28. Jason Zucker
29. Johan Larsson
30. Ludvig Rensfeldt
I haven’t heard a whole lot, but I can tell you something smells fishy in Music City, USA. It is estimated after resigning all the RFA’s (excluding boyd and Grebs) that Poile will have almost $2.5 million dollars left to try and pick up a top six forward. Names? I heared Horton’s name kicked around, along with Blake Wheeler, and Cheechoo.
The main question Poile has to tackle is J.P. Dumont. The unwanted (sort of) winger will have to move his NMC if Poile wants to have some real money to spend.
Poile has also made it clear I wants to get a 2nd round pick in this draft (hello Jordan Weal). I fully expect Grebeshkov to be moved in favor of a 2nd round pick.
Boyd could probably be had for a 3rd or 4th round pick.
Until next time Preds Fans!
About the Author
Written by Chris Rydburg
Chris currently attends my Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He hopes to one day be a high school teacher.