2020 NHL Entry Draft: Best Options for Nashville Predators in 1st Round

Seth Jarvis #24 of the Portland Winterhawks (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
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BUFFALO, NY – JUNE 24: New York Rangers President Glen Sather(L), New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton and Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile (R) (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – JUNE 24: New York Rangers President Glen Sather(L), New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton and Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile (R) (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Jan Mysak, LW/C, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)

Taking Jan Mysak would be more of a project for the Predators, and I’m not sure that’s what they’re looking for with this high of a pick. However, Mysak has a lot to offer with his offensive skills and fast paced style of play.

The Predators need some playmakers in their prospect pool badly. Guys who have a nose for the puck and take it from one end of the ice to the other in a hurry. Mysak looks like that type of player, but his experience in major leagues is minimal.

Mysak came over from the Czech league to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the OHL and instantly started producing. He translated his game over to the OHL quickly, which has him surging up some draft boards.

Here’s what Mike Morreale of NHL.com had to say about Mysak back in March:

"“The left-shot forward plays a smart game with smooth hands and a quick release”"

Again, this might be a reach to take Mysak at 11th overall, but if some of the top targets come off the board before the Predators pick then this would be a good backup plan.

Mysak is a player that has a high ceiling when I look at his game. One that might not instantly make an impact in the NHL, but will keep growing his game into one that can become a high-scoring impact player in time.