#5: Axel Sandin-Pellikka, Right Defense, SHL
Although the bigger need for the Nashville Predators might be more speed in their forward core, Axel Sandin Pellikka would still be a great pick for something else the prospect pool has a need for. Another offensive defenseman.
Sandin Pellikka is regarded by many scouts as the best offensive defenseman in this year’s draft class. Someone who can eventually become a top blueliner for an NHL club. A quarterback if you will, much like what Roman Josi is for the Predators now.
"“He has a high offensive IQ to go along with slick puck-moving abilities. The way he can patrol the offensive blue line is unmatched amongst this year’s crop of defencemen.”- The Hockey Writers Draft Profile"
This would be a pick for the long-term future for the Nashville Predators. He needs some polishing on his defensive game which is why he could possibly slip to No.15 for the Predators to take.
I wouldn’t be upset with taking Sandin Pellikka at all if the Predators land him. His early international experience for Sweden and in the SHL along with his gifted offensive traits, and on the power play, make him an enticing pick.