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Scanning the Predators Options Pick-By-Pick

by Jimi Russell / Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators enter next month's Entry Draft with 10 selections. Today we’ll use draft rankings from around the hockey world to take a look at those slots and some of the prospects that are projected to be available around each of Nashville first five selections.

Please note: Central Scouting creates four final rankings lists – North American Skaters, European Skaters, North American Goaltenders, and European Goaltenders. Because players will be selected from each list, final rankings will likely be better than actual draft selection (ex. since goaltenders and skaters are likely to be selected in the first round, fewer than 30 North American skaters are likely to be selected in the first round, meaning skaters in the top-30 of the final North American skater rankings will still be available at the start of Round 2).

NA = North American Skater, Euro = European Skater, NAG = North American Goalie, EG = European Goalie

Round 1 - #4

Projected available prospects:

NHL Central Scouting - Seth Jones, D (#1 NA), Nathan MacKinnon, F (#2 NA), Jonathan Drouin, F (#3 NA), Aleksander Barkov, F (#1 Euro), Valeri Nichushkin, F (#2 Euro), Elias Lindholm, F (#3 Euro), Sean Monahan, F (#5 NA), Darnell Nurse, D (#4 NA)

Round 2 - No second round picks

Round 3 - #64 (from tampa bay)
Projected available prospects: 

NHL Central Scouting -

Third-pick acquired from Tampa Bay in the Anders Lindback trade.

Round 4 - #95 (from toronto), #99 (from buffalo) and #109
Projected available prospects:

Picks acquired from Toronto in the Cody Franson/Matthew Lombardi trade, and from Buffalo in the Paul Gaustad trade. 

Round 5 - #125 (from n.y. Rangers) and #146

Due to the unpredictability of the draft, few draft pundits speculate past the top 100 selections

Fifth-round pick acquired from New York after swapping picks at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Round 6 - #155 and #177 (from san jose)

Pick acquired from San Jose in the Scott Hannan trade - pick became a sixth round selection when Hannan played one playoff game for San Jose this season.

Round 7 - #185

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