Nashville Predators: Could William Nylander or others fill vacancy left by Viktor Arvidsson?

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Viktor Arvidsson #33 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal at 16:42 of the second period- against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on October 06, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Viktor Arvidsson #33 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal at 16:42 of the second period- against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on October 06, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – NOVEMBER 1: Rickard Rakell #67 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates his third period goal with his teammates during the game against the New York Rangers on November 1, 2018 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – NOVEMBER 1: Rickard Rakell #67 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates his third period goal with his teammates during the game against the New York Rangers on November 1, 2018 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Option #3

Honestly, I do not like any other option on the roster right now. Kevin Fiala is inconsistent and has trouble controlling the puck from time to time. Colton Sissons works hard at all times but just doesn’t have the same energy at Arvidsson. He does go to the net, which does make him a possibility.

That means finding someone off the roster. How about Rickard Rakell? It is highly unlikely the Anaheim Ducks will move this key forward. Or would they even make a trade with the Predators? Still, it could work in this situation.

In each of the last two seasons, Rakell has 30+ goals. The right-handed shooter is performing below expectations so far this season, with a 5.4% shooting percentage. But, the entire team is struggling as well, being one of the worst in shot-sharing metrics.

The Ducks have zero cap space this season, and are only projected to have about $6 million in space this offseason. Unloading some salary could be helpful to Anaheim, and Rakell makes $3.8 million. He also has three years left on his contract. The Nashville Predators could package Zac Rinaldo or Rocco Grimaldi with a third-round pick to acquire Rakell. It won’t hurt the Predators’ offseason plans this offseason. Well, maybe.