The NHL Draft will be held virtually again in 2021, and the Predators will be ready to make their selections from the friendly confines of Bridgestone Arena once more.
Nashville currently holds eight picks in the Draft - including No. 19 overall, and three of the Top 50 selections - allowing plenty of opportunities for General Manager David Poile and the organization to continue to restock the prospect cupboard.
That first chance will come just over midway through the first round on Friday night, and as always, the focus will be on taking the best-available player, regardless of position.
So, will that individual play on the left or right side of the ice? Here are five wingers who could hear their names called by the Preds in Round 1.
*All scouting reports produced by NHL Central Scouting
Brennan Othmann, Left Wing - 8th-ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting
6-0, 175 lbs. - Flint, OHL
Jan. 5, 2003 - Scarborough, Ontario
- Othmann was a part of Team Canada's gold medal entry at the 2021 Under-18 World Championship where he recorded six points (3g-3a) in seven games, including a goal in the gold-medal game.
- He played 34 games on loan with Olten in Switzerland's second division in 2020-21 where he registered seven goals and 16 points.
- He was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team in 2019-20 after recording 17 goals and 35 points in 56 games.
- Scouting Report: "A fierce competitor who likes to finish his checks. Strong work ethic and motor paired with excellent offensive tools. Has a goal-scorer's mentality paired with an excellent shot with exceptional release and accuracy. Very good playmaker. Good habits away from the puck - puts in the effort on the back check and focuses on defensive positional play."
- Current Player Comparable: Matthew Tkachuk
Matthew Coronato, Right Wing - 9th-ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting
5-10, 183 lbs. - Chicago, USHL
Nov. 14, 2002 - Greenlawn, New York
- Coronato was named USHL Forward of the Year in 2020-21 after leading the league with 48 goals and 85 points, including eight game-winning goals, in 51 games played. He was named to the USHL First All-Star Team 2020-21 and also led the league in power-play goals (19), shorthanded goals (tied; 4) and plus-minus (+37).
- He set a USHL record for longest all-time point streak with a 28-game run spread over two seasons from Feb. 14, 2019 to Jan. 16, 2021 (24g-30a).
- Coronato led all USHL skaters in postseason points in 2020-21 13 (9g-4a) in eight games to help lift the Chicago Steel to a Clark Cup championship.
- He has committed to Harvard University and will be a freshman in 2021-22.
- Scouting Report: "An excellent skater with good speed and quickness who is ultra-fast in tight spots. Elusive with the puck and can finish both off the rush and from in close. A smart puck mover who plays a solid two-way game. Shows consistent high-end compete level.
- Current Player Comparable: Brayden Point
Sasha Pastujov, Right Wing - 18th-ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting
6-0, 184 lbs. - USA U-18, NTDP
July 15, 2003 - Bradenton, Florida
- Pastujov led USA Hockey's National Team Development Program's Under-18 team in goals (30), assists (35) and points (60) in 41 games in 2020-21.
- He represented Team USA at the 2021 Under-18 World Championship where led his team in scoring with five goals and eight points in five games.
- His brother, Nick, was a seventh-round pick by the Islanders in 2016 (193rd overall) who skated for the ECHL's Kansas City Mavericks in 2020-21. His other brother, Michael, skated as a forward for the University of Michigan in 2020-21.
- His parents, Janis and George, met and married while working for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. They credit years of working in the circus industry for preparing them for all the travel that comes with having three hockey-playing sons.
- Pastujov has committed to the University of Notre Dame for the 2021-22 season.
- Scouting Report: "Excellent offensive skills with very good goal-scoring ability. He is smart and creative with the puck and can handle it well in traffic areas. Sees the ice and anticipates well. An elite passer who plays a responsible two-way game."
- Current Player Comparable: Jonathan Huberdeau
Zachary L'Heureux, Left Wing - 30th-ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting
5-11, 196 lbs. - Halifax, QMJHL
May 15, 2003- Montreal, Quebec
- L'Heureux tied for eighth among all QMJHL skaters with 19 goals in 2020-21 in his first season with Halifax of the QMJHL (39 points in 33 games played).
- He led all QMJHL rookies in points with 53 (20g-33a) with Moncton in 2019-20 where he was named to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team.
- He wears No. 66 as a tribute to his mother, who always wore the No. 6 while playing basketball.
- Scouting Report: "A good skater with deceptive speed and good acceleration while carrying the puck. A smart playmaker with good vision and puck skills to generate offensive chances. Quick hands and a very crafty player with the puck on his stick - has natural goal-scoring ability. Battles for the puck and position down low in and around the net. Has a quick release and good one-time shot to finish plays."
- Current Player Comparable: Max Domi
Isak Rosen, Right Wing - 8th-ranked International Skater, NHL Central Scouting
5-11, 156 lbs. - Leksand, SWEDEN
Mar. 15, 2003 - Solna, Sweden
- Rosen split the 2020-21 season between Leksand of the Swedish Hockey League (22gp) and their junior club where he averaged a point per game (7g-5a) in 12 contests.
- He helped Sweden earn a bronze medal at the 2021 Under-18 World Championship where he led his team and ranked 11th in the tournament with seven goals and nine points in seven games. His seven goals were tied for third-most in the tournament.
- He produced 21 goals and 35 points with Leksand's junior team in 2019-20, the highest total by an under-17 player in Sweden's top junior league that season.
- Scouting Report: "An offensive-minded finesse wing. Speedy skater with excellent acceleration and fine balance. Strong and effective in the offensive zone using smart decisions, smooth hands and quick, surprising moves to his advantage. Has a good shot with a quick release. Can score in many ways with a good selection of shots."
- Current Player Comparable: Johnny Gaudreau