It’s far too early to say for sure who the Predators might have to sacrifice to a new team. With one full season left to play before the expansion draft, if there is even going to be one at all, a bad year or a breakout performance from any of the unprotected players could end up be the deciding factor for David Poile on who will get to remain in Nashville.
There may also be the opportunity to look at a trade to another team that has an opening and a player that would not need to be protected. There is lots of backroom thinking already going on about all of this.
Even if it is highly unlikely to happen, there’s still also the possibility that two teams could be awarded franchises which would only further complicate things in Nashville. We wish we could say with some certainty but until anything is made official by the NHL in June we can only speculate what might happen to the Predators roster.
As the situation becomes less muddy, we will keep you updated. The only thing we know for certain is that will all of the success and great prospects the Preds have, they will be losing someone that will hurt to part with.