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2005 Entry Draft Review

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Preds pick seven; four defensemen and three forwards in 05 class

Once the NHL and NHLPA reached a new collective bargaining agreement on July 22, one of the first orders of business was the Entry Draft. Immediately following Commissioner Gary Bettman’s press conference announcing the ratification of the new CBA, a draft drawing was held to determine the order of selection for the seven rounds of the 2005 Entry Draft.

A weighted lottery system was used to determine the order of selection for all seven rounds of the Entry Draft.  Under the system, the clubs that neither qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, nor were awarded the first overall selection in each of the 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 Entry Drafts, had the greatest chance of receiving the first overall selection. Teams were awarded one, two or three balls and 48 balls were numbered one through 48 and placed in a lottery machine. The Predators, along with nine other clubs, had two balls (4.2% chance of winning the first selection) while the Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers had three balls each (a 6.3% chance).

Shortly after Bettman’s press conference, the order of selection was announced with Nashville getting the 18th pick, the lowest ever first-round selection in franchise history. The Predators’ previous lowest pick in the Entry Draft was when they selected Alexander Radulov 15th overall in 2004. Although they had not been in this position before, the Predators were quite happy to select defenseman Ryan Parent with the 18th selection on July 30 in Ottawa.

Ryan Parent
Guelph (OHL)
“The 18th pick – a little bit longer to wait for our first-round pick than in previous years,” said Predators GM David Poile. “As we said, we weren’t too lucky with the lottery pick; we had hoped to be a lot higher than 18th. But we’re very lucky. We’re extremely pleased with our first pick Ryan Parent. This is a player that we have rated in our top 10. In all of our meetings that we had, we never thought we were going to get this player.”

Parent became the third defenseman (following Dan Hamhuis in 2001 and Ryan Suter in 2003) to be selected by Nashville in the first round.  He is also the third of eight Nashville first-rounders to come out of the Ontario Hockey League (following David Legwand in 1998 and Brian Finley in 1999).

Parent, 18 (3/17/87), posted 19 points (2g-17a-19pts) in 66 games this past season with Guelph.  Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan but raised in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, the 6-2, 183-pound backliner ranked eighth among North American skaters on Central Scouting’s final report in 2005.  He recently captained Canada’s entry in the 2005 under-18 hockey championship in the Czech Republic and competed in the 2005 Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects game where he won both the 60’ dash and the full lap skating competitions.

Scouting Report: An outstanding, effortless skater possessing a long, fluid stride... Combines balance, speed and agility both forward and backward... His biggest asset, his skating mobility, allows him to keep the play in front of him... Seems to know where the puck is at all times... A pure defensive defenseman, his contribution to his team's offense can be measured more from his quick outlet passes than his point production... Does not lead the rush but will support it effectively... Possesses a heavy and accurate shot from the point... Not a physical nor punishing type of defenseman but he can be aggressive in one-on-one battles along the boards... His skill at reading the rush makes him unafraid to step up in the neutral zone to make contact... An on-ice leader... Used in all game situations, especially effective on the penalty kill.

Quotebook: "He is another really good young defenseman – a big, strong individual with great character… A leader – captain of the under-18 team – just a great young person… We project him to be an all-around defenseman, but right now he’s probably more of a shutdown guy… More of a defensive defenseman than an offensive (one).” – David Poile, general manager.

In addition to Parent the Predators chose three more d-men and three forwards. Four selections hail from Canada, while there is one each from the United States, Finland and Sweden. The Predators drafted two 17-year-olds, four 18-year-olds and one 20-year-old.

HIFK Helsinki (Finland)
With the first (No. 78) of consecutive picks in the third round, the Predators selected Finnish defenseman Teemu Laakso (TEE-moo LACK-so).  The 6-0, 187-pound 17-year-old (8/27/87) notched nine points (5g-4a) in 20 games with HIFK Helsinki’s junior team this past season while also putting up two assists in 15 games with HIFK’s elite league club.  Predators Tomas
Vokoun and Marek Zidlicky played with HIFK in 2004-05.

Scouting Report:  A steady skater with good acceleration and balance... Plays a simple game without risks and is very good at moving the puck up ice with precise passes... Makes smart decisions with the puck finding the open man... Has good hockey sense to go along with a very good overall skill level... Good under pressure, does not panic... Has great drive and determination with a fine work ethic... Can join in the offensive rush… Not flashy, but steady and solid... Not overly aggressive but does not shy away from rough going.

Quotebook: “He is a really competitive player and really hard to play against. He’s a solid all-around defenseman. He is not great offensively, but he is really mature and mentally and physically strong. He’s been able to adapt at all levels he’s played at. He played as a double-underage in under-18 two years ago. Last year he played at under-20 and he was only 18, and he also played about 20 games last year in the Elite League as a 17-year-old and looked like he’d been playing there for five years.” – Janne Kekalainen, European scout.

Vancouver (WHL)
Cody Franson
At No. 79, Nashville chose 6-4, 205-pound defenseman Cody Franson (FRAN-suhn) of the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants.  The 17-year-old (8/8/87) Salmon Arm, British Columbia native posted 13 points (2g-11a) in 64 games this past season.

Scouting Report: A good mobile skater with adequate lateral movement...With time and space, makes hard accurate passes up to his forwards... As the season progressed, showed more confidence with the puck... Has a hard, low shot from the point... Kills penalties and has been used on the power play... A good competitor who plays a cautious game... Stands up to the play well and is very effective using his long reach to poke-check opponents off the puck.

Quotebook: “He’s a good, big, first-pass defenseman. He played on a team that rolled over six defensemen, so this year he should get more ice time… He’s big and he moves the puck well. He has great upside and … his development should go through the roof.” – Rick Knickle, North American amateur scout.

Windsor (OHL)
With their fifth-round selection (No. 150), the Predators selected their first forward of the day, 18-year-old (9/30/86) Windsor center Cal O’Reilly.  The 5-11, 180-pound Toronto native totaled 74 points (24g-50a) in 68 games with the Spitfires in 2004-05.

Scouting Report: Skates well, possessing good agility and balance… Is tough to knock off the puck... Has good hands and distributes the puck well both forehand and backhand... His on-ice vision complements his play-making skills... Effective at finding open ice behind or between opposition's defense... A reliable face-off man... Is at his best on the power play... Has a demonstrated knowledge of the game by the way he conducts himself off the ice... Not a physical presence but does not shy away from traffic and shows no fear... A quality leader... Creates turnovers with his aggressive forechecking.

Quotebook:  “He’s got very soft hands. He’s a half-wall power-play specialist with great vision. He loves to spend time in the gym. He’s a hard-working kid and just an offensive talent.” – Paul Fenton, director of player personnel.

Harvard (ECAC)
Nashville picked its first college player of the draft in Harvard’s (ECAC) Ryan Maki (MACK-ee) at No. 176 (sixth round).  The 20-year-old right winger, born in Medford, N.J., completed his sophomore season in 2004-05 with 10 goals and nine assists in 30 games. 

Scouting Report: A big winger who sees the ice well… Hard to play against… Has a consistent work ethic… Brings a hard and honest two-way game… Finishes his checks with authority… Consistently drives to the net, battles hard and comes out with loose pucks… Skates with a long stride.

Quotebook: “He is a real hard-working kid and a two-way player that really comes to play. He skates hard, finishes checks. He is always in good areas to forecheck and he is a guy that impressed us because he keeps getting better and better. He has two years left at Harvard where his coaches are real high on him. He’s going to get a lot of ice time next year.” – Jeff Kealty, North American amateur scout.

Windsor (OHL)
With the first (No. 213) of two seventh-round picks, the Predators returned to Windsor (OHL) for defenseman Scott Todd, a 6-4, 221-pounder hailing from Kingston, Ont.  The 18-year-old (11/11/86) opened the 2004-05 season with Oshawa before joining Windsor, and he finished the season with 155 penalty minutes in 54 total contests.

Scouting Report: A physical presence on the ice… Clears the front of the net with authority and efficiency… A nasty, defensive defenseman… Keeps opponents honest.

Quotebook: “Scott Todd is a big, tough and strong defenseman. He knows what his role is... He’s 6-4, 225 pounds and we see him as a big type of enforcer that clears the front of the net and gives us a lot of room for our younger skilled players.” – Paul Fenton, director of player personnel.

Vasby (Sweden-3)
Patric Hornqvist
The Predators completed the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by taking Swedish forward Patric Hornqvist (HOHRN-kvihst) with the 230th selection.  The 5-11, 178-pound 18-year-old played the 2004-05 season with Vasby of the Swedish third division.

Scouting Report: A strong skater with an admirable work ethic and good defensive skills… Can chip in offensively and be used in most on-ice situations…. Possesses good offensive instincts… Loves to shoot the puck… A hard worker… Plays with grit and battles hard.

Quotebook: “He is a high-energy player. He is one of those guys where the entire team is going to feed off of his energy… He’s got lots of energy and loves to shoot the puck. He’s just a real character guy.” – Lucas Bergman, European scout.

Predators’ 2005 Draft Selections



Ryan Parent


Guelph (OHL)


HIFK Jr. (Finland Jr.)


Cody Franson


Vancouver (WHL)


Cal O’Reilly


Windsor (OHL)

Ryan Maki

Harvard (ECAC)

Scott Todd

Windsor (OHL)


Patric Hornqvist


Vasby (Sweden-3)

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