#5 Nashville Acquires Draft Pick Resulting in Saros
This is another trade that on the surface does not look like much, as the Predators traded a first-round draft pick for Paul Gaustad and a fourth round pick the following year from the Buffalo Sabres. Now anytime you trade for a draft pick you run the risk of that pick being wasted on a player that does not make it in the NHL.
That was not the case with this one. With the pick acquired in the trade, the Nashville Predators drafted Juuse Saros. I guess you could say this trade was in fact a win, win, win for the Predators as Gaustad skated in 248 games for the Predators, Saros is the current starting goaltender, and Buffalo drafted young Mark Jankowski, whom the Predators have since acquired in a recent trade.
Out of the three players that ended up being involved in the trade, the former Vezina Trophy candidate, Juuse Saros, has been the most impactful. At 28 years-old, Saros already has 286 games to his name posting a remarkable 2.58 goals against average and .919 save percentage.