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)
Seth Jarvis #24 of the Portland Winterhawks (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images) /
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Dawson Mercer
Dawson Mercer #19 of Team Red (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

Dawson Mercer, LW, Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)

Mercer has been a popular choice for the Predators in a lot of mock drafts I’ve come across. He’s a prototypical winger that can score and forecheck effectively. I also think he’s not too far off from being NHL-ready.

A big area that is so enticing about Mercer is his potential to become a vital special teams player. Morreale of NHL.com highlights his abilities on the power play and penalty kill, which are two areas the Predators badly need help in.

Check out this ridiculous puck handling clinic from Mercer, courtesy of Draft Dynasty:

Mercer wouldn’t be a surprise pick by the Predators, and he’s a safe bet if you’re mocking this upcoming draft. He was traded to Chicoutimi and played 16 games, posting 18 points to finish off his 2019-20 campaign.

I’d really like this pick for the Predators most importantly because Mercer appears very ready for the NHL in the next two or three seasons. He’s not as big of a project like some of the other prospects would be at the 11th pick.