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2012-13 Nashville Predators Trade Deadline Coverage

by Jimi Russell / Nashville Predators

Welcome to Trade Deadline Central. We will be posting information on trades made today and will provide recaps as the 2012-13 Trade Deadline comes to a close this afternoon at 2 p.m. CT.

Please check back periodically throughout the day for the most up-to-date information on the Nashville Predators.

12:17 P.M.

- Send defenseman Scott Hannan to the Sharks -

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced that the club has acquired a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft in exchange for defenseman Scott Hannan. The seventh rounder changes to a sixth-round pick if Hannan appears in the playoffs.

The Predators now have 10 draft picks for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft to be held June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. – their own picks in the first, and fourth through seventh rounds, in addition Tampa Bay’s third-round pick, Toronto and Buffalo’s fourth rounder selections, the New York Rangers’ fifth-round pick and San Jose’s seventh rounder.

Analysis:  With the development of young defensemen Victor Bartley and Jon Blum, Hannan became the Preds seventh defenseman following his injury last month.  President of Hockey Operation/General Manager David Poile was able to add another pick to this year's draft by sending Hannan back to the team that drafted him in the first round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Hannan had one assist and a -11 rating in 29 games with the Preds this season.

4:00 P.M.
Nashville Predators Acquire Filip Forsberg From Washington
- Send forwards Martin Erat and Michael Latta to the Capitals -

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired forward Filip Forsberg from the Washington Capitals in exchange for forwards Martin Erat and Michael Latta. Forsberg has already been signed to a three-year entry level contract and is eligible to play in North America immediately.

“With one of the best goaltenders in the world in Pekka Rinne, and the top defenseman in the game today in Shea Weber, along with Roman Josi, Kevin Klein and other young defensemen we continue to develop, we believe we are well positioned at these two positions, but have lacked a dynamic offensive forward.” Poile said. “In Filip Forsberg, we are adding one of the top rated young forwards in the world; we are excited to have him join our other emerging young talent and solid veterans at the position.”

“We have used draft picks in recent years to add players at the trade deadline. Over the last several years, we traded away four first round picks. It was imperative that we add a potentially dynamic offensive forward such as Forsberg. Our goal remains the same—to win the Stanley Cup. We believe our current team is a playoff caliber team. At the same time, we have to be mindful of the long-term and this deal allows us to acquire a top-end young offensive forward that will help us.”

Forsberg, 18 (8/14/94), posted 33 points (15g-18a) in 38 games for Leksand of Sweden’s second league in 2012-13, pacing all junior skaters and finishing second in points to only Predators 2012 second-round pick Pontus Aberg. The 6-1, 188-pound center was the recipient of the 2013 Golden Cage Award as the league’s top junior player.

Washington’s first pick, 11th overall, in the 2012 Entry Draft was recently rated the 21st rated NHL-affiliate prospect by The Hockey News. The Östervåla, Sweden native helped Sweden win gold at the 2012 World Junior Championships, then captained the Tre Kronor to a silver medal at the 2013 World Juniors, being named the tournament’s All-Star Team in the process.

Erat departs Nashville ranked second all-time on Nashville’s games played (723), goals (163), assists (318) and points (481) lists. Having helped the Predators advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs seven of the last eight seasons, the Trebic, Czech Republic native is also tied for the franchise lead in playoff assists (15), and ranks second in postseason games played (46) and points (23).

“It is always difficult to trade a player who was drafted, developed and who has produced for the franchise for many years such as Martin Erat, however, Marty came to us in recent days and indicated a trade might be in his best interests. Thus, the process began and we were able to explore options with our primary goal being to acquire a young top end forward that would address our most critical need. We thank Martin for all his contributions to the Predators’ success over the years and wish him and his family the best in Washington.”

Tom Callahan on Filip Forsberg:

Filip Forsberg is a player the Nashville Predators had listed in their top five available at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft – a draft in which the Preds had no first round selection.

Picked 11th overall by Washington, Forsberg (no relation to former Pred Peter) was the third forward picked – one of the stranger phenomena of the 2012 Draft was the eight defensemen selected in the top 10 picks. That allowed a player that many teams had rated higher to slide down to the eleventh spot where the Caps grabbed him. Before the draft Forsberg had been slotted as high as second overall by some draft pundits.

At 6-1, 190-pounds and maturing, the 18-year-old forward is projected as a top-line center or wing, and Predators General Manager David Poile touted his ability to play all three positions up front. Forsberg is a strong, powerful forward who distributes the puck well and can score goals too – the hallmarks of a dynamic top-level scoring threat. In fact, the word “dynamic” was talked about quite a bit during today’s press conference when discussing the newest Predators forward.

The Predators will explore the possibility of bringing Forsberg over once his season ends in Europe, and Poile did not discount the fact that he might spend some time in Nashville this spring.

Going the other way to Washington are forwards Marty Erat and Michael Latta. The 31-year-old Erat asked for and received a change of scenery from Nashville, struggling this year with only four goals in 36 games and a -7 rating. Latta is a physical player who had spent his entire pro career with the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s top affiliate.

The bottom line for the Predators is that they have acquired a player with tremendous upside, one who can be a game-breaking forward and had been mentioned alongside of Oilers forward Nail Yakupov heading into the 2012 Draft. David Poile said in reviewing the deal of Forsberg that “I felt the player was too good not to do this (trade) now.”. Predators fans may get a look at the future very soon and they'll like what they see.

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