Nashville Predators: Top Five Forward Free Agent Targets This Summer

Feb 26, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators players slap hands with fans after a loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a Stadium Series ice hockey game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators players slap hands with fans after a loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a Stadium Series ice hockey game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
6 of 6
Next
Andre Burakovsky
Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

Andre Burakovsky

Rounding out the list is Forward Andre Burakovsky of the Colorado Avalanche. The 27-year-old flourished on Colorado’s second line, putting up 22 goals and 39 assists in 80 games while averaging 16:16 of ice time. Most of his 61 points came at 5v5 with 50 points, with the rest coming on the power play.

Burakovsky’ production hasn’t quite carried over to the postseason, where he has just four points in eight games, three of which came in Game 4 against the Predators. His lack of production led him to the press box for two of the games versus St. Louis.

Burakovsky has previously found success in the postseason with 17 points in 15 games for the Avs in the 2020 playoffs and six points in 13 games as a 22-year-old during the Washington Capitals 2018 Cup run.

The former first round pick would add more level headed play to the Preds lineup as the forward tends to draw more penalties than he takes. The only downside to Burakovsky’s play recently has been the inability to get pucks to the net, something he has never really struggled with in his career, but this season, about one third of his shot attempts were blocked before getting to the net. However, given his career statistics that will certainly work itself out.

Burakovsky will be one of the more expensive players on this list, and likely seek a contract that carries him through his prime. A five or six year deal makes the most sense for Burakovsky, with a cap hit of around $6 million per. Burakovsky would greatly improve the Predators top 6 and be a solid younger addition to an aging core, while providing the team with a large frame to throw into an otherwise small forward core.

If Burakovsky has any interest in coming to Music City, he should be at the top of Poile’s list.