Get aggressive in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft
As it stands right now, the Nashville Predators are picking 17th overall in the first round of this year’s draft. They picked 19th overall last year, and as you could expect with the team’s history, they have picked in this range for the majority of their existence.
Anyone who is picked in the first round of the draft is expected to become a significant contributor for their respective team, but when you are picking in the mid to late teens and the twenties, you are almost never going to get a superstar player.
This is what the Predators have almost always done. Yes, they traded up back into the first round last year to take Zachary L’Heureux, but is he someone who is going to turn into a top-tier difference maker? There’s almost zero chance of that happening.
A superstar forward — or lack thereof — is one thing that has held them back for years. If they want to get one, it seems that the only way they will be able to is by trading up in this year’s draft.
The New Jersey Devils have been rumored to be willing to part with the second overall pick this year, so that could be an opportunity if Poile wants to make a big gamble. It is very unlikely that this happens, but if it does, then fans might be willing to change their stance on Poile.