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Meet Nashvilles 138th Overall Pick: Center Patrick Harper

I think the Predators are developing a trend here: skilled and undersized centers and defensemen.

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Avon Old Farms has long been a known hockey factory in the Northeast with guys like Brian Leetch, Jonathan Quick, and Cam Atkinson coming out of the system. The Predators took a nice little prospect from them in Patrick Harper; and by little, I mean 5'8". Harper will be attending Boston University next season and with first round picks Clayton Keller, Charlie McAvoy, Dante Fabbro (yes, the defenseman the Predators drafted,) and Kieffer Bellows all joining him, he'll be in great company.

My knee-jerk reaction is the Predators are going off the board here yet again; granted, I know little about Harper. I do know he was ranked the 143th North American Skater by NHL Central Scouting and the 199th overall ranked player by ISS. As I said with Aktell, only time will tell if going with these two picks were worth the gamble.