The 2017 NHL Draft is officially in the books. After selecting Finnish winger Eeli Tolvanen thirtieth overall in the first round the Nashville Predators had five more draft picks to make. Here were their selections from Day 2 of the 2017 NHL Draft.
Grant Mismash, (2nd Round, 61st Overall): An 18-year old center from Edina, Minnesota. He was part of the United States National Team Development Program fresh out of the famed Shattuck St. Mary’s program. He was part of the 2017 IIHF World Juniors gold medal winning United States U-18 team. And is committed to University of North Dakota.
David Farrance, (3rd Round, 92nd Overall): An 18-year old left-shooting defenseman from Victor, New York. Farrance was a teammate of Mismash at the USNTDP as well as with that 2017 IIHF World Juniors winning team. Farrance is committed to Boston University and he will be joining fellow Nashville Predators prospects Dante Fabbro and Patrick Harper.
Tomáš Vomáčka, (5th Round, 154th Overall): An 18-year old goaltender from Trutnov, Czech Republic. Vomáčka breaks the trend by the Predators of drafting Czech goaltenders who catch with the right glove, Marek Mazanec and Karel Vejmelka. Standing at 6’3″ and catching with the left glove, Vomáčka has spent the past season in North America as a member of the Corpus Christi Ice Rays of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). He is committed to the University of Connecticut.
Pavel Koltygin, (6th Round, 176th Overall): An 18-year old forward from Moskva, Russia. Koltygin is a flexible forward that can play out on the wing as well as down the middle at center. He played this past season in North America with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Québec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) where he produced 47 points (22 goals, 25 assists) in 66 games. It was his first season in juniors after developing in his native Russia as part of Dynamo Moskva’s youth academy.
Jacob Paquette, (7th Round, 216th Overall): An 18-year old left-shooting defenseman from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Paquette was part of the Ottawa Jr. 67s program before being selected in the 2nd Round of the 2015 OHL Drafy by the Kingston Frontenacs. He has spent his last two seasons playing for Kingston and has a nice track record going for himself: 23 points (4 goals, 19 assists) in 115 games with a plus/minus rating of +6. He will start his third junior playing season in 2017-18 on the back of his first playoff run with Kingston that ended in the second round of the 2017 OHL Playoffs.
What are your overall thoughts on the Nashville Predators 2017 NHL Draft Class? Are you surprised at all that the Predators didn’t make any trades during the draft or could it be like last year where trade talks were initiated at the draft? What steps are next for the Predators off-season?
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