2009 NHL Draft class for the Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators rounded out their 2009 NHL Draft class yesterday with a preference for size, with 7 of the 9 second-day draftees topping the 6-foot mark. In particular, fans hoping for a power-forward prospect should be excited by the 2nd-round selection of Zach Budish, a two-sport star out of Minnesota who drew this report from NHL Central Scouting's Jack Barzee:

"Zach is physically mature in stature, has a good shot in traffic and has a strong ability to dissect the game around him. He’s a force, he’s hard to move off the puck and he can snap a wrist shot from the blue line. With Zach playing football and the two seasons overlapping, his criticism has been that he hasn’t had his skating legs under him, but I’ve seen Zach since he was 15 years old. I’ve seen how he has carried the team and made people around him better. He reminds me of Keith Tkachuk or David Backes at the same age."

After the jump, you'll find the complete list of Nashville's selections, along with links to further information about each one...

Follow the links on the player names for various profiles or related articles:

Rnd Ov Player Pos League Team D.O.B. Birth Place Country Hgt Wgt
1 11 RYAN ELLIS D OHL WINDSOR 1/3/1991 HAMILTON, ON CA 5' 9" 173
2 41 ZACH BUDISH RW HIGH-MN EDINA HIGH 5/9/1991 EDINA, MN US 6' 3" 229
2 42 C OLIVIER ROUSSEL D QMJHL SHAWINIGAN 9/13/1991 ST. EUSTACHE, QC CA 6' 1" 196
3 70 TAYLOR BECK LW OHL GUELPH 5/13/1991 ST. CATHARINES, ON CA 6' 2" 205
3 72 MICHAEL LATTA C OHL GUELPH 5/25/1991 KITCHENER, ON CA 5' 11" 200
4 98 CRAIG SMITH C USHL WATERLOO 9/5/1989 MADISON, WI US 6' 1" 189
4 102 MATTIAS EKHOLM D SWE-JR. MORA JR. 5/24/1990 BORLANGE SE 6' 4" 194
4 110 NICK OLIVER C/LW HIGH-MN ROSEAU HIGH 5/4/1991 GRAND FORKS, ND US 6' 3" 184
5 132 GABRIEL BOURQUE LW QMJHL BAIE-COMEAU 9/23/1990 RIMOUSKI, QC CA 5' 9" 183
7 192 CAMERON REID C BCHL WESTSIDE 8/25/1991 DELTA, BC CA 6' 2" 185
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