#11 – Nashville Predators
The Preds were fortunate enough to have Seth Jones, who was ranked either 1 or 1A last year depending on your point of view, fall into their lap at #4. They don’t have a top 10 pick this year, but a long term injury to Pekka Rinne kept them out of the playoffs.
The Predators cleaned house after the season, firing the only coach they have ever known in Barry Trotz, and the team will try to improve on the ice as well by adding some long-needed offense to the organization.
They can do that and also add some size to the forward ranks by selecting Brendan Perlini from the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL. Perlini scored 34 goals this season and is a large presence on the wing, at 6’3″ and 205 lbs.