Ranking the Nashville Predators' Top Ten Prospects

In the interest of sparking some discussion, but not taking away from coverage of the playoff drive, I've ranked and briefly described the Nashville Predators' Top Ten prospects in the system. These rankings are my own, and certainly not definitive - simply meant as food for thought. 

Two notes: - 1) the 'comparison' blurb doesn't necessarily mean that's the prospect's talent level, and 2) players such as Colin Wilson (who earlier in his career would take up our "no. 1" spot) and Cody Franson are excluded given their time spent in the NHL already. 

10. Austin Watson - W 

Style: two-way winger

Projection: key cog on an elite two-way line

Comparison: Patrick Sharp 

9. Michael Latta - C 

Style: extremely physical, not averse to dropping the gloves 

Projection: third line center

Comparison: Mike Richards 

8. Blake Geoffrion - C 

Style: two-way contributor 

Projection: third line center

Comparison: Mike Fisher

7. Patrick Cehlin - W 

Style: offensive winger 

Projection: 2nd line wing, PP2 contributor 

6. Charles Olivier-Roussel - D 

Style: extremely physical defenseman with some offensive skill 

Projection: a second pair defenseman 

Comparison: Brent Seabrook 

5. Zach Budish - W 

Style: big hitter with soft hands

Projection: second line power forward

Comparison: Chris Stewart 

4. Taylor Beck - W

Style: sniper 

Projection: second line winger, PP1 contributor 

3. Ryan Ellis - D 

Style: offensive defenseman 

Projection: no. 4 NHL defenseman, PP1 quarterback 

Comparison: Alex Goligoski 

2. Roman Josi - D 

Style: Extremely mobile offensive defenseman 

Projection: no. 3 NHL defenseman 

Comparison: Kris Letang 

1. Jonathon Blum - D 

Style: Mobile puck-mover who is equally capable in all three zones 

Projection: no. 2 NHL defenseman 

Comparison: Dan Hamhuis with more offense 

Disagree? Sound off in the comments. 

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