A major reason to be sellers right now if you’re the Nashville Predators, who have no clear long-term direction, is to start establishing what that plan actually is.
They need to make space for their young and talented players to get more ice time and go through some growing pains the remainder of this season. One player that jumps to mind immediately in this regard is Juuso Parssinen.
Parssinen has looked excellent from the first game he played in the NHL. He looks comfortable despite being so young and inexperienced, and getting him top-six minutes should be a priority in a season that’s likely going to end out of the playoffs.
If the Predators manage to trade a couple veteran forwards out of the starting lineup, like Mikael Granlund or Nino Niederreiter, then Parssinen stands to benefit by being elevated to a second line role. Which leads me to my next player.
Parssinen is fifth on the Predators with 16 assists, six of those coming on the power play.