Nashville is scheduled to make seven selections on Saturday, June 27, with picks in the second, third, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds and two choices in round No. 4. Last week, NashvillePredators.com outlined five center prospects that could hear their names called by the Preds during the second round. This week, we present the short list on wingers that could someday find themselves skating in Predators Gold.
Here are five wingers who could be available to the Predators during the second round.
Evgeny Svechnikov – 17th ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting
6-2, 199 pounds – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL (Left wing)
Oct. 31, 1996 – Yuzhno, RUS
A dynamic power-forward, Svechnikov finished second in scoring among rookies in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 32 goals and 46 assists in 55 games during the 2014-15 season.
In early January, Svechnikov registered consecutive four-point nights with the Screaming Eagles before being named the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week (3g-6a in 3 gp).
The 18-year-old Russian has appeared in several international competitions for his native country, including the 2012 Youth Olympic Games and two visits to the Under-18 World Junior Championship. Svechnikov also earned a silver medal at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, where he tallied eight points (seven goals) in six contests.
According to NHL Central Scouting’s Troy Dumville: “He proved to be a very skilled skater, strong on the puck and a player capable of doing a lot of things well. He plays a physical game, doesn't back away, is aggressive on the forecheck and finishes checks.”
For additional info on Svechnikov, visit his prospect profile page on the NHL Draft hub here.
Jake DeBrusk – 19th ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting
6-0, 174 pounds – Swift Current Broncos, WHL (Left wing)
Oct. 17, 1996 – Edmonton, AB, CAN
DeBrusk saw a major jump in his offensive production during his second campaign with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, vaulting from 15 goals to 42 over the same number of games played (72).
The winger’s 81 points during the 2014-15 season led the Broncos offensively, while DeBrusk’s 42 goals were good for a tie for sixth most in the WHL.
A potential second-generation NHL player, DeBrusk’s father, Louie, played over 400 games in the League with four different teams.
From NHL Central Scouting’s Peter Sullivan: “His work ethic is off the charts but what also helps are those 42 goals he scored. He's a 40-goal scorer who does the dirty work in front of the net. His greatest strength is his compete level.”
For more insight into DeBrusk, visit his prospect profile page on the NHL Draft hub here.
Daniel Sprong – 20th ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting
6-0, 180 pounds – Charlottetown Islanders, QMJHL (Right wing)
March 17, 1997– Amsterdam, NLD
The 2015 NHL Draft could serve as a big boost for Sprong making history, as the right wing is hoping to become the first skater born in the Netherlands to play in the NHL in over 30 years.
The 18-year-old can make dazzling moves while skating with the puck and has speed to burn as evidenced by his 88 points and 39 goals - a mark that paced the Islanders on their way to a QMJHL playoff berth.
Sprong produced another impressive campaign on offense in 2014-15 by topping the 68 points he registered a year prior, a total which helped him earn the honor of being named to the league’s All-Rookie Team.
Director of NHL Central Scouting, Dan Marr on Sprong: "He has blazing speed, a great shot, and the puck skills and hockey sense to be an effective playmaker.
For additional info on Sprong, visit his prospect profile page on the NHL Draft hub here.
Jens Looke – 10th ranked European Skater, NHL Central Scouting
6-0, 180 pounds – Brynas, Swedish League (Right wing)
April 11, 1997 – Gavle, SWE
A point-per-game producer with Brynas Jr. to begin the 2014-15 season in Sweden, Looke finished the campaign with Brynas in Sweden’s top league, tallying six points in 43 contests.
Looke also made the international rounds last season, representing Sweden in the 2015 World Junior Championship, potting three goals in seven games. The right winger skated for his home country in the 2015 Under-18 World Junior Championship and the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament.
Looke is far from the only NHL hopeful to come through the Brynas system; current NHLers Nicklas Backstrom, Jakob Silfverberg and Elias Lindholm are alumni of the program.
NHL Director of European Scouting, Goran Stubb describes the winger as: "A highly-skilled playmaker who sees the ice very well. He uses his hands and passing ability to move the puck through traffic. Is alert and dangerous around the net and has a quick shot. He plays a very competitive, mature, two-way game."
For additional info on Looke, visit his prospect profile page on NHL Draft hub here.
David Kase – 11th ranked European Skater, NHL Central Scouting
5-10, 159 lbs – Chomutov, Czech Republic 2 (Right wing)
Jan. 28, 1997 – Kadan, CZE
Kase tallied seven goals and 14 points in 30 games last season for Chomutov of the Czech Republic’s Second League, helping the team to the league championship. He also skated for Chomutov’s junior team in 2014-15, where he recorded 12 points in nine postseason games.
Kase also captained the Czech Republic at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament to a silver medal and also earned silver at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship.
The right winger comes from a hockey family, with his father having played professionally and his brother, Ondrej, a 2014 pick of the Anaheim Ducks.
NHL Director of European Scouting, Goran Stubb says: “Kase has a lot of talent including mobility, first-step quickness, excellent vision and puck handling. He's a player with great offensive instincts.”
For additional info on Kase, visit his prospect profile page on NHL Draft hub here.