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:
|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|