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Potential Preds: 2019 NHL Draft Scouting Report - Wingers

Get to Know Six Wingers Nashville Could Take with the 24th Pick in the 2019 NHL Draft

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Last summer in Dallas, Nashville's table on the Draft floor didn't see any action until the fourth round. They won't have to wait nearly as long this time around.

The Predators hold the 24th overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft, and barring any last-minute changes, Nashville brass will make their way to the stage in Vancouver late in the first round to select a player with potential to become a star in the Music City.

Rather than focusing on a certain position, Preds Assistant General Manager and Director of Scouting Jeff Kealty has said the club almost always calls the name judged by the group to be the best available.

So, will that individual possess an elite scoring touch? Here are six wingers who could slip on a Gold jersey at Rogers Arena on June 21.

Egor Afanasyev, Left Wing - 16th-ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting

6-foot-4, 201 pounds - Muskegon, USHL

Jan. 23, 2001 - Tver, Russia

  • Afanasyev was named to the United States Hockey League's Third All-Star Team last season thanks to a 27-goal and 62-point campaign for the Muskegon Lumberjacks

  • Afanasyev represented Russia at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and tallied two goals and five points in five contests.

  • The Russian winger says he models his style of play after Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews.

    Nicholas Robertson, Left Wing - 17th-ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting

    5-foot-9, 160 pounds - Peterborough, OHL

    Sept. 11, 2001 - Pasadena, California

    • Robertson ranked second on the Peterborough Petes in goals (27) and points (55) last season, a 22-point improvement on his rookie campaign.

    • The California native represented Team USA at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup where he tied for the team lead with four goals in five games.

    • Robertson's brother, Jason, was selected 39th overall by the Dallas Stars in 2017.

    • Robertson says he models his style of play after Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner.

      Bobby Brink, Right Wing - 19th-ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting

      5-foot-8, 159 pounds - Sioux City, USHL

      July 8, 2001 - Minnetonka, Minnesota

      • Brink paced the Sioux City Musketeers and finished fourth among all USHL skaters with 35 goals and 68 points in 2018-19. He was named USHL Forward of the Year and to the league's First All-Star Team thanks to his stellar numbers.  

      • The Minnesota native helped Team USA win a Gold Medal at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge and tied for the tournament lead with eight points in six games.

      • Brink is committed to the University of Denver for the 2019-20 season and says he models his style of play after Islanders forward Mathew Barzal.

        Brayden Tracey, Left Wing - 21st-ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting

        6-foot, 177 pounds - Moose Jaw, WHL

        May 28, 2001 - Calgary, Alberta

        • Tracey was named WHL Rookie of the Year in 2018-19 after leading all first-year skaters in goals (36), assists (45) and points (81). His breakout rookie campaign with Moose Jaw saw him jump 52 spots on NHL Central Scouting's rankings from the mid-season mark to the final tally.  

        • Tracey helped Canada Red earn silver at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and he represented his country at the 2019 Under-18 World Championship posting seven points (4g-3a) in seven games.  

        • Tracey says he models his style of play after Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.

          Samuel Poulin, Right Wing - 22nd-ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting

          6-foot-1, 212 pounds - Sherbrooke, QMJHL

          Feb. 25, 2001 - Blainville, Quebec

          • Poulin led the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL in scoring with 76 points in 67 games last season. He also paced the club with eight goals and 14 points in the playoffs.

          • Poulin was a member of Canada's gold medal-winning entry at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

          • His father, Patrick, was selected ninth overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1991 NHL Draft and appeared in 634 career NHL games with the Whalers, Blackhawks, Lightning and Canadiens from 1991-2002.

          • Poulin says he models his style of play after Avalanche Captain Gabriel Landeskog.

            Brett Leason, Right Wing - 25th-ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting

            6-foot-4, 210 pounds - Prince Albert, WHL

            April 30, 1999 - Calgary, Alberta

            • Leason was named to the WHL East First All-Star Team in 2018-19 after finishing eighth in the league with 36 goals and 89 points in 55 regular-season games for the Prince Albert Raiders.

            • Leason paced the Raiders in the 2019 WHL Playoffs and ranked second in the entire league with 10 goals and 25 points in 22 games to help Prince Albert to the franchise's first championship in over 30 years.

            • Leason represented Team Canada at the 2019 World Junior Championship and tallied five points in five games.

            • Leason says he models his style of play after Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin.

            *Player bio information courtesy NHL Central Scouting

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