The Nashville Predators have selected defenseman Frédéric Allard with their second of two selections in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft.
Notes via Curtis Joe of Elite Prospects:
A tenacious two-way defenceman that has a distinct willingness to do whatever it takes to keep his team up. Battles hard for puck possession and has a very good active stick. Not consistent enough to be relied upon in all situations, especially under high pressure, but is definitely getting there and his game is rounding out well at an accelerated pace. Possesses a hard, accurate shot and is creative with his passes. As such, his primary function as an offensive defenceman is to be played on the forecheck and in situations where pressure is sustained. All-in-all, a hard-nosed two-way defenceman that has the raw tools and the upward-trending tendencies that point to a positive development path.
Allard becomes the Predators third defenseman selected from their first four draft picks in the 2016 NHL Draft. Allard has been playing for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The 18-year old defenseman is coming off of a 2015-16 season in which he scored 69 points (14 goals, 45 assists) in 64 games as well as 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 6 playoff games.
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