A first-round pick would help land a big player
The major asset for Nashville Predators is their 2022 first-round pick.. A first-round pick is typically the base requirement in a trade for a top player on the trade market.
As the long time General Manager of the Nashville Predators, Poile has included a first round pick in a trade for a player six times. The players acquired were Ryan Hartman (2018), Cody Franson/Mike Santorelli (2015), Paul Gaustad (2012), Mike Fisher (2011), Peter Forsberg (2007) and Brendan Witt (2006).
This list shows that if Poile thinks a player is a good fit, he will move his first round pick. This has to be one of those times, with the plethora of names that are available right now, he needs to get a top line player with term who can score.
With Rakell, it would be imperative for a deal to be signed almost immediately after being traded. Obviously, with almost all of these players, the asking price is not just a first round pick alone, it is a first, prospect, and a roster player, potentially more depending on the quality of the roster player and prospect.
For a younger player like Boeser or Konecny, it may take a prospect like Luke Evangelista, who has 77 points in 40 games in the OHL this season. He could be considered expendable with Tomasino, L’Heureux and Svechkov all in the pipeline, but it would be a major gamble.
If Poile moves the Preds first, it would be for a player who would make the Predators a definite playoff team, so the pick would be between 17th-32nd overall, and for one of the big names who are currently available, that is a no-brainer for Poile and the Preds.