#2 Nashville Predators Trade for 2007 1st Round Pick
On June 18, 2007, the Nashville Predators traded Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2007 1st Round Pick that ended up being Jonathon Blum. Blum ended up playing a total of five seasons with the Predators from 2010-11 to 2014-15.
Over that time Blum dressed in a total of 110 games only posting seven goals and 17 assists over that stretch. When you look at what the Nashville Predators gave up in exchange for Blum, it is not good at all.
We will only look at the same seasons for Timonen and Hartnell as what Blum played in Nashville for the purpose of this comparison.
Timonen played four seasons in Philadelphia before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for the 2014-15 season. In the last five seasons of his career, Timonen scored 21 goals and had 123 assists in 296 games played.
Then there is Hartnell, who played in 351 games for the Flyers over the same period of time and had 117 goals and 122 assists in those five seasons. Not only what he brought to the ice as far as production, but his veteran presence was missed in the locker room for the Predators, as was Timonen’s who was a former team captain.
Both of these veteran players were given up by the Nashville Predators in exchange for Blum, who had a very short five-year NHL career and did not generate near the offense as what was expected of him.