Tonight marks the start of the 2015 NHL Draft. As far as excitement goes in the world of the Nashville Predators and future Milwaukee Admirals go? There is no real clue as to what will happen these next two days. That’s part of what makes it so fun. What is certain though? Unless Nashville trade back up into the first round we’ll all have to wait until the second round of the draft before the Predators are on the clock.
~Nashville Predators 2015 Draft Order~
The Predators have seven draft picks as of this morning. As you might recall, shield your eyes, they traded away this year’s first round draft pick along with Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli. That pick would have been the twenty-fourth overall selection (I think that trade didn’t pay off). Here is the order in which they will be drafting:
2nd Round, 55th Overall
3rd Round, 85th Overall
4th Round, 100th Overall (from San Jose)
4th Round, 115th Overall
5th Round, 145th Overall
6th Round, 175th Overall
7th Round, 205th Overall
~New Season, New Looks~
There will be some new faces being introduced to the NHL tonight. Not only that but there will also be some new threads making their debuts today. Per Icethetics: the Arizona Coyotes will be debuting a brand new set of uniforms, the Colorado Avalanche will be getting a home/road uniform update, the San Jose Sharks will unveil a 25th Anniversary patch, and the Nashville Predators might just show off a jersey featuring a patch of their 2016 NHL All Star Game logo.
The Washington Capitals already debuted a brand new retro third jersey. Shame, because that means replacing the white retro third that they had dating back to the 2011 NHL Winter Classic. They should just make those their home/road and be done with it.
Later this year there should be a new Anaheim Ducks alternate (no word on whether or not they’ll rip off the Mighty Drunks), a brand new third uniform for the New York Islanders, and possibly an orange set for the Edmonton Oilers. Seems like orange is the new baby blue in the hockey world.
UPDATE: Here is the 2016 NHL All Star Game patch on the Nashville Predators jersey. The Arizona Coyotes new uniforms have leaked ahead of the unveil. Along with making the first overall selection the Oilers unveiled their awful looking orange “numerals on the shoulders like in football” jersey. The Columbus Blue Jackets just unveiled a new shoulder patch for their road/home unis.
This might be the part that keeps everyone on the edge of their seat tonight. Who goes? And who goes for what? It’s always an exciting atmosphere at the draft to not only see what prospects are being picked up but to also get blindsided by a trade or two. Who saw James Neal to Nashville last year?
It’s uncertain whether or not the Predators really want to be active in the trade market or not. I think it all depends on (1) availability of talent and (2) the asking price. If the Oilers are going Connor McDavid with the top selection then is someone such as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins available? If not him, who else is available? It seems as if the Predators really could use a top center. Would they be willing to sell more of the future to get one? My guess is no. But that’s the fun of tuning in later tonight because I’d love to be proven wrong.
Both Viktor Stålberg and Rich Clune were placed on waivers Wednesday by the Predators. They weren’t buyouts. They were just your normal waivers. Same manner in which they came to Milwaukee during the 2014-15 season.
I can confirm from a source that both have successfully cleared waivers but they also have yet to be assigned or moved anywhere as of yet. So technically speaking they aren’t Admirals right now. Still, I have to imagine -barring a trade in which the Predators eat some of Stålberg’s salary in the process- both should end up in Milwaukee to start next season.
Does Nashville make any trades tonight? Should they? If so, who for and what would you package to acquire that particular player?