2. Jeremy Davies, Milwaukee Admirals, AHL
Another established prospect that’s already seen his NHL debut, but has had trouble sticking around on the NHL level. Jeremy Davies appeared in 16 games for the Predators in the shortened 56-game season where taxi squads and the shuffling of the lineup was rampant.
In those 16 games, Davies did some good things that showed he’s ready for a third pairing role on a regular basis. He averaged over 15 minutes of ice, registered 11 hits and seven blocks while tallying an assist. Additionally, he added 19 shots on goal, so he was involved in the offense despite being a newcomer to the team.
Davies has a really strong probability of replacing either Mark Borowiecki or Matt Benning on the third pairing next season.
Both Benning and Borowiecki are due to be UFAs this offseason, and it doesn’t make sense to re-sign both of them when you have some up and coming prospects ready to get an chance, with Davies leading the way.
For the Admirals this season, Davies has 16 points in 38 games, but is also finding the penalty box regularly with 33 penalty minutes. It’s not that he’s failing to register shots on goal, but is dismal 1.5 shooting percentage has his goal production way down.
Davies originally came to the Predators organization in 2019 in the P.K. Subban trade. I’m sure the front office still has high hopes that Davies turns into a regular starter very soon for the Predators defeneisve core.