Best Trade Deadline Acquisitions in Nashville Predators History

The 2024 NHL Trade Deadline is nearly here, and the Preds once again find themselves on the playoff bubble and unclear what direction they'll go.

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Calle Jarnkrok, Nashville Predators
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Calle Jarnkrok, Acquired from Red Wings for David Legwand in 2014

It's easy to forget that Calle Jarnkrok wasn't a homegrown player of the Predators organization. He was drafted by the Red Wings in the 2nd round of 2010 and never played an NHL game for them.

The Predators had to make the very difficult decision to part ways with David Legwand, the franchise's first ever draft pick and leader in all major statistical categories up to that point. But it was time to move on, and looking back on it now, what a wise move that was.

Jarnkrok would join the Predators for the rest of the 2013-14 season and appear in 12 games for nine points, and follow up the next season with 74 games and 18 points, and was in the postseason starting lineup.

Jarnkrok would remain a valuable depth player who would be moved anywhere in the lineup for many years to come. He now sits 23rd all-time on the Predators franchise list with 211 points and 16th in goals with 94.

The Predators definitely won this trade deadline deal with the Red Wings, who probably realized they gave up on Jarnkrok too quickly and instead went with the veteran in Legwand who was way past his prime.