Nashville Predators: Key Prospects to Take Next Step in 2021-22

Nashville Predators defenseman Jeremy Davies (38) takes a shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Nashville Predators defenseman Jeremy Davies (38) takes a shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /
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Egor Afanasyev
Forward Egor Afansyev #11 of the Windsor Spitfires  (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images) /

Egor Afanasyev

We’ve all been excited about Egor Afanasyev since he got drafted by the Predators in 2019 at the 45th overall pick of the second round.

Afanasyev has so much potential to become a full-time player for the Predators in the next couple of years. That’s why he starts off my list of key prospects who I’m looking to take that next step forward with a full season in the AHL.

According to Dobber Prospects, Afanasyev has a very favorable rating of 80 percent odds to become a full-time NHL player per their NHL Certainty scale.

Afanasyev got a lot of valuable experience in 2019-20 for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL by tracking at over a point-per-game pace with 67 points in  62 games. He has since moved on to some playing time in the KHL, which isn’t an easy league to transition to.

My hope is that Afanasyev gets another full season of solid playing time and experience in so that he can be fully ready to make the NHL jump in the next year or two. His future is bright as a possible top-six player with his size and scoring ability.