Nashville Predators: A Retrospective on David Poile’s Biggest Trades

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 7: Nashville Predators general manager David Poile walks with John Hynes prior to his first game as the new head coach of the Nashville Predators against the Boston Bruins at Bridgestone Arena on January 7, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 7: Nashville Predators general manager David Poile walks with John Hynes prior to his first game as the new head coach of the Nashville Predators against the Boston Bruins at Bridgestone Arena on January 7, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 4: Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on December 4, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 4: Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on December 4, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Trade #8: Nashville Predators acquire Filip Forsberg from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Martin Erat, Michael Latta. (April 3, 2013)

The grand daddy fleecing of them all, David Poile turned an aging winger whose main value was grit and leadership into the most electric forward the franchise had developed since Alexander Radulov.

We all know this one; Filip Forsberg explodes into the NHL in the 2014-15 season and pots 26 goals and 63 points at just 20-years-old, keeps up his production and establishes himself as an NHL All-Star and 30-goal scorer.

Prince Fil is the best forward currently on the Predators roster in most people’s estimations, as well as one of the most creative players in the league, and we’re lucky George McPhee was willing to sell him for the low, low price of 62 games and 27 points from Martin Erat.