C- / 28th overall
The Nashville Predators’ recent run of success, including an appearance in the 2017 Stanley Cup final and the 2018 Presidents’ Trophy, has changed the way they look at their prospect pipeline. Annual deadline deals depleted their draft resources to the point they did not make their first selection at the 2018 draft until the fourth round. As a result, they need their scouting department to find more players like right winger Viktor Arvidsson, defenseman Mattias Ekholm, right winger Craig Smith and goalie Juuse Saros, all fourth-round picks who have played important roles in the franchise’s rise to the NHL elite.
1. Eeli Tolvanen (15th overall)
RW, 19, 5-10, 190 – Milwaukee (AHL)
2017 draft, 30th overall
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