In less than two weeks, the Nashville Predators will look to add the next piece to help them achieve their ultimate goal. The Preds are set to arrive in Buffalo for the 2016 NHL Draft in possession of the No. 17 overall pick, a selection the Nashville brass hope will one day play an integral role in the lineup.
So who will pull on the Gold jersey when the Predators make their selection on the Draft stage? It’s anyone’s guess for now, but there are some names that could be available when the time comes. Predators Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty has said the club could utilize the strategy of taking the best player available when No. 17 arrives, and he, alongside General Manager David Poile and staff, continue to evaluate their options. Perhaps that player they ultimately choose will be responsible for putting the puck in the net.
Here are five forwards who could hear their name called on June 24, in part two of our three-part series of potential Preds.
See part one with five more forward possibilities by clicking here and stay tuned for part three next week as we reveal five defensemen who could be picked by the Preds.
Forwards Part Two:
Carl Grundstrom – Right Wing, 6th ranked European Skater, NHL Central Scouting
6-0, 194 pounds – Modo, Swedish Hockey League
December 1, 1997 – Umea, Sweden
Recorded seven goals and 16 points in 53 games with Modo during the 2015-16 season.
Scored 21 goals in 27 games for Modo J20 of the SuperElit League in 2014-15.
Skated for Sweden at the 2015 World Junior Championship, scoring one goal in seven games.
Has 23 goals and 43 points all-time in international junior competition with Sweden.
Tyson Jost – Center, 16th ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting
5-11, 191 pounds – Penticton, BCHL
March 14, 1998 – St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
Captained the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League in 2015-16, recording 42 goals and 104 points in 48 games.
Posted six goals and 15 points for Canada at the 2015 Under-18 World Championship.
Average of 1.54 points-per-game in 97 career BCHL games; total of 65 goals and 149 points.
From EliteProspects.com: Tyson Jost is a crafty goal-scorer that carries out plays as quickly as he envisions them. As someone who thinks and plays at a fast tempo, it comes as no surprise that he creates a lot of energy as an offensive catalyst. He sees the ice very well and has the willingness and determination to win battles in the tough areas. All-in-all, a dynamic offensive forward with top-six potential at the next level. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
Michael McLeod – Center, 13th ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting
6-2, 188 pounds – Mississauga, OHL
February 3, 1998 – Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Recorded 21 goals and 61 points in 57 games for his hometown Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL in 2015-16 before adding three goals and nine points in seven postseason outings.
In 2013-14, tallied 21 goals and 57 points in 33 games for the Toronto Marlboros of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, coached by Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Paul Coffey. At the 2014 OHL Cup, he produced seven goals and 11 points in seven games to lead the Marlboros to the OHL Cup championship and was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Won gold with Canada at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Wears No. 9 in honor of hockey legend Gordie Howe, his mother's favorite player.
Lists ‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond as his go-to karaoke song.
German Rubtsov – Center, 5th ranked European Skater, NHL Central Scouting
6-2, 178 pounds – Team U18, Russia Jr.
June 27, 1998 – Chekhov, Russia
Recorded 12 goals and 26 points in 28 games with Team Russia U-18 in 2015-16.
Potted one goal and four points in five games for Russia at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Represented Russia at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship, finishing with one goal in five games.
From thedraftanalyst.com: He is a very strong skater with excellent acceleration and balance. But mix in his mobility with strength and tenacity, and you get a coach’s dream. Rubtsov is a “big play” center who preys on the weak, and his superior playmaking ability and vision enables him to be used in key situations regardless of which end of the scoreboard his team is on.
Riley Tufte – Left Wing, 17th ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting
6-5, 205 pounds – Blaine High School, Minnesota
April 10, 1998 – Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Scored 47 goals and 78 points in 25 games with Blaine High School in 2015-16.
Added 10 goals and 14 points in 27 games with Fargo of the USHL in 2015-16.
Finished with 101 goals and 188 points in 119 career games over four seasons with Blaine High School.
Committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for the 2016-16 season.