The Nashville Predators Could Lose A Key Player in an Expansion Draft.
While the NHL won’t announce an official decision until the 2016 Entry Draft in June all signs indicate that there will be at least one new expansion franchise by the 2018 season. Recent meetings between NHL executives and GMs in March produced a framework for the inevitable expansion draft that will occur, if and when the league decides to add more teams to its numbers, that will have a significant impact on every team in the league.
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It’s seems like the NHL has learned from its mistakes with previous expansion efforts like the Atlanta Thrashers where a poor on-ice product, the team only made it to the playoffs once in 11 years as a franchise, in an untraditional hockey market resulted in the team relocating to Winnipeg.
The last thing the league wants is another unsuccessful venture into a new hockey market like Las Vegas, the clear front-runner for an expansion team, and with that in mind, the league has designed this edition of the expansion draft to create as competitive of a team as possible from its already existing teams.
We will take a look as to how this could and probably will affect the Nashville Predators:
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