Predators awarded 4th Pick in NHL Draft Lottery

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The lottery has spoken and, after wringing our hands in anticipation of what good news we can look forward to due to a playoff-less offseason, the Nashville Predators drew lucky number four in the 2013 NHL Draft lottery.

Rounding out the Top 5 are:
5. Carolina Hurricane
4. Nashville Predators
3. Tampa Bay Lightning
2. Florida Panthers
1. Colorado Avalanche

The Predators had a 10.7% chance of nabbing the 1st overall pick, but odds were in Colorado’s favor, who are expected to claim the highly sought after defenseman, Seth Jones. However, this is Nashville’s highest draft pick since claiming David Legwand in 1998, so the Preds can expect to add a stellar player to their roster, who David Poile claims will “90 percent” likely be a forward.

The rest of the league follows as (up to 14 as the Stanley Cup finals will determine the rest of the league):
6. Calgary Flames
7. Edmonton Oilers
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. New Jersey Devils
10. Dallas Stars
11. Philadelphia Flyers
12. Phoenix Coyotes
13. Winnipeg Jets
14. Columbus Blue Jackets

Although they may not nab Seth Hones, whose father is from Dresden, Tenn., there are plenty of other top prospects Nashville has a chance at selecting from. Here are the top prospects for the 2013 Draft as chosen by TSN:

1. D – Seth Jones, Portland (Western Hockey League)
2. F – Jonathan Drouin, Halifax (Quebec Major Junior League)
3. F – Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL)
4. F – Aleksander Barkov, Tappara (Finnish Elite League)
5. F – Valeri Nichushkin, Chelijabinsk (Kontinental Hockey League)
6. D – Darnell Nurse, Saul Ste. Marie (Ontario Hockey League)
7. F – Sean Monahan, Ottawa, (OHL)
8. F – Elias Lindholm, Brynas (Swedish Elite League)
9. G – Zachary Fucale, Halifax (QMJHL)
10. F – Max Domi, London (OHL)

We have our eyes set on No. 4, Aleksander Barkov, but that’s just us.

The 2013 NHL Draft isn’t until June 30th, so David Poile and the rest of the staff have plenty of time to decide wether to take or trade (please don’t trade). For interest’s sake, here is a list of all the players Nashville has picked up in the first round:

Draft Position – Year – Player
2 – 1998 – DAVID LEGWAND, F
6 – 1999 – BRIAN FINLEY, G
6 – 2000 – SCOTT HARTNELL, F
12 – 2001 – DAN HAMHUIS, D
6 – 2002 – SCOTTIE UPSHALL, F
7 – 2003 – RYAN SUTER, D
15 – 2004 – ALEXANDER RADULOV, F
18 – 2005 – RYAN PARENT, D
23 – 2007 – JONATHON BLUM, D
7 – 2008 – COLIN WILSON, F
18 – 2008 – CHET PICKARD, G
11 – 2009 – RYAN ELLIS, D
18 – 2010 – AUSTIN WATSON, F

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