The Nashville Predators chose seven players during the 2014 NHL Entry Draft at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
They selected four forwards and three defensemen.
In addition to acquiring seven players, the Preds added James Neal through a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“Trading for James Neal and adding dynamic forwards such as Kevin Fiala and Vladislav Kamenev early in the 2014 Draft allow us to continue re-shaping our roster and provide us with a more offensive philosophy and approach going into the 2014-15 season and beyond,” said Predators general manager David Poile.
Kevin Fiala was chosen in the first round Friday, 11th overall pick.
He is a Switzerland native who split the 2013-14 season between HV71’s junior and Swedish Hockey League teams.
The 42nd overall pick, Vladislav Kamanev, is a versatile two-way forward from Russia. He is considered one of the stronger centers in the draft.
The Predators’ second pick in the second round was Minnesota native defenseman Jack Dougherty.
The third pick of the day was forward Jack Kirkland. Scouts say he has limitless potential and is a huge value at number 62.
Kirland was followed by Viktor Arvidson whose deadly wrist shot helped him notch to 40 points last season.
The Preds last two picks went to defensemen Joonas Lyytinen of Finland and Aaron Irving, who played with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League.
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