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Preds would consider trading first-round pick for ‘top-six’ forward

Jun 17, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

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From The Tennessean:

The Predators are open to trading their first-round pick in the NHL Draft in exchange for a “top six” forward, general manager David Poile said today.

Poile indicated the crop of unrestricted free agents this offseason is less than stellar…and there are not many such players who could jump in and help the Predators immediately.

The Preds have the 11th overall pick in the draft. They also have a new coach in Peter Laviolette, who was hired in part because he likes to play a more offensive style.

What they don’t have is a dynamic play-maker up front. Nashville’s leading scorer in 2013-14 was Shea Weber, a defenseman. Its top scoring forward was winger Patric Hornqvist, who finished with 53 points. Over 70 NHL players had more points than Hornqvist.

PS — apparently Nashville is one of the teams on Jason Spezza‘s no-trade list.

Related: Poile likes Lavy’s ‘fun way to play’

  1. rsl22 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    How about Marcus Johansson? He’s a “1st line forward” for the Caps?

    Poile owes the Caps a favor after bending GMGM over raw when he got Forsberg for Erat.

    • canucks30 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      Thumbs down for the mental image of “bending [George McPhee] over raw”.

    • esracerx46 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      Poile doesn’t owe the caps squat. Afterall, wasn’t it Poile who was fired by Washington for GMGM? Also, Forsberg may or may not be what you think. His prospect stock is a bit of a contentious point as a lot of people think he won’t be anything like you and others think he might be.

      • rsl22 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        First of all, it was a joke.

        Second of all, Forsberg had 34 points in 47 games in the AHL at 19 years old, and won MVP at the World Junior tourney. While some may question his speed, it’s moronic to already be down on a 19-year-old big center with that resume who will be playing with a cap hit of less than $900,000.

      • titansbro - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:22 AM

        Yeah, definitely a joke. In fact, I would take his comment as a compliment of Poile. They say you should never let a sucker keep his money, & by money I mean promising prospects.

    • clarke16 - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Mikko Koivu? Would Mikku Koivu please report to the GM suite as soon as possible? Thank you.

  2. canucks30 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    The Predators haven’t had a “top six forward” since Paul Kariya.

  3. statsdolie - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Lecavlier for your first deal done.

    • lilgurgi - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Was thinking the same thing. That way he gets to play Laviolette’s system as he so wanted to in Philly…for 3 games.

    • bcsteele - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      He said top six forward friend…

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      How about Lecaviler for your 7 th rounder…deal still done

  4. dirtyharry1971mom - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    How about Brett Connolly, Teddy Purcell, and #19 pick for Ryan Ellis and that 11th pick. Both Connolly and Purcell would more than likely be top 6 forwards.

    …after getting ripped off by Poile (Lindback deal), I hope SY gets his revenge.

  5. tn16 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Alex burrows ?

  6. brisktp - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Maybe Philly can get them to take B. Schenn for the pick.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Thats not gonna happen.

  7. rsmaggiemae - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    I could not agree with you more about Koivu please read my thoughts posted on the Gelainas page about Koivu

  8. petersteelewannabe - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Philly should trade Vinny AND their #1 to Nashville for their #1 as long as they take his entire cap hit. The Flyers move up 6 spots and lose a good player with a bad contract who is on a team with too many centers. The Preds get a top 6 player (depending on their depth) and only lose a few spots in the draft…win/win.

    • flyboystransport - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      I don’t think they’d do it but it’s not a bad idea

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Ron Hextall, Is that you?

  9. mnwildfan15 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Hell we’ll give ya Koivu for a 1st and throw brodizak and backstrom for free. Plus retain some of backstroms contract.

  10. skr213 - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Craig Smith plus that first rounder for Jumbo Joe Thornton. I think if I were either team, I’d probably take that deal?

    • skr213 - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      P.S. for those who don’t know Smith, he’s a center (so it’s a center for center trade), he’s got a +/- of 16 last season (that stat is very important to the Sharks who preach strong defensive game from all forwards), he’s 24 (Sharks are all about getting younger right now), he had 52 points in 79 games this season (not bad for a 24 y/o kid), and 7 PP goals and 4 GWG (both something that the Sharks need). The more I think about it, the more I like this as a potential trade. Hey DW, get on it!

    • deathbyspl - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      that’s a horrible deal for the Preds. they’re not giving up their top goal scorer who has already begun to show signs of offensive improvement with Lavy during the Worlds.

    • sdspence52 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:32 AM

      Our you nuts? Haha Craig smith had finally started too fully blossom and you wanna get rid of him for a player that doesn’t have that many miles yet? I mean joe is good. But smitty is going too be a key skater in our new offense and you gotta think coach has already coached him and he’s already said he loves working with him. No deal. Hahaha maybe the blue jackets will give up Ryan Johansen hahaha yeah right we wish.

      Still want erat back, only preds fan who does. Come home Marty

  11. tfilarski - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Patrick Sharp?

  12. bigx21 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Don’t forget about Filip Forsberg!! He’s a top 6 and tradable with pick for a better top 6!!

  13. papajack1259 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    Hmm…Marchaund is secure in Boston….

  14. 311sucks - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    i’d like to see them draft someone with this pick and just go through free agency instead. there is so many people out there this year.

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