Predators picking 17th in NHL Draft

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Nashville Predators pick 17th in the upcoming NHL Draft and Monday General Manager David Poile said that suits him just fine.

It’s only the third time in six years the Predators have headed to the draft (June 24-25) with a first round pick and Poile says he is “elated”. He also said the team has no plans to trade up or down. Poile said this is a very good draft and the price to pay to move up a few spots simply is not worth it. He’s confident they will get a player of their liking at 17, but after that all bets are off. He said after that the talent drops significantly and that’s why he’s not comfortable moving down.

Poile did say he is “open” to the idea of trading the 17th pick for a current NHL player though. The Preds may be set on defense headed into next season, but he would still like to improve their forwards. Second line center Mike Ribeiro was benched for two playoff games and that could be one spot Poile is looking to upgrade.

Also Monday Poile said congrat negotiations with forwards Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok are “ongoing”. He expects a deal to get done, he just does not expect it to get done quickly.

Goalie Marek Mazanec signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level for the 2016-17 season. Mazanec is expected to backup Pekka Rinne next season. Poile said Carter Hutton is expected to move on to another team in search of more playing time in “hopes of extending” his NHL career.

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