Will they get Matt Duchene? Will they trade away one of their picks? Will they draft a Swede? WHO KNOWS
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We will also update the picks as they come in:
- NEW JERSEY DEVILS: Nico Hischier, C
- PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: Nolan Patrick, C
- DALLAS STARS: Miro Heiskanen, D
- COLORADO AVALANCHE: Cale Makar, D
- VANCOUVER CANUCKS: Elias Pettersson, C
- VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS: Cody Glass, C
- NEW YORK RANGERS (from Coyotes): Lias Andersson, C
- BUFFALO SABRES: Casey Mittelstadt, C
- DETROIT RED WINGS: Michael Rasmussen, C
- FLORIDA PANTHERS: Owen Tippett, RW
- LOS ANGELES KINGS: Gabriel Vilardi, C
- CAROLINA HURRICANES: Martin Necas, C
- VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS (from Jets): Nicholas Suzuki, C
- TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: Callan Foote, D
- VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS (from Islanders): Erik Brannstrom, D
- CALGARY FLAMES: Juuso Valimaki, D
- TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: Timothy Liljegren, D
- BOSTON BRUINS: Urho Vaakanainen, D
- SAN JOSE SHARKS: Josh Norris, C
- ST. LOUIS BLUES: Robert Thomas, C
- NEW YORK RANGERS: Filip Chytil, LW
- EDMONTON OILERS: Kailer Yamamoto, RW
- ARIZONA COYOTES (from Wild): Pierre-Olivier Joseph, D
- WINNIPEG JETS (from Blue Jackets): Kristian Vesalainen, LW
- MONTREAL CANADIENS: Ryan Poehling, C
- DALLAS STARS (from Blackhawks): Jake Oettinger, G
- PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (from Blues, Capitals): Morgan Frost, C
- OTTAWA SENATORS: Shane Bowers, C
- CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (from Stars, Ducks): Henri Jokiharju, D
- NASHVILLE PREDATORS: Eeli Tolvanen, RW
- ST LOUIS BLUES (from Penguins): Klim Kostin, RW
2017 Nashville Predators Draft Picks
5:01: Well apparently the Predators won’t have T.J. Oshie next year or any of the next eight years. The Capitals resigned Oshie for 8 years at $46 million. Tell me more about how James Neal isn’t a big loss.
5:27: An earlier report stated that the Islanders were out of Duchene talks. I think “dead” was the term used. There is clearly a path for the Preds to be in on Duchene, I’m just not sure Poile will give up one of the four horsemen.
5:46 Another Nico vs. Nolan debate ends in no obvious choice between Nico or Nolan.
5:55 Wow, crazy, Dennis K. Morgan is singing the anthem, dang
5:57 Cheering the anthem continues to be very, very dumb
6:07 We are underway! Still quiet on the Predators front as the New Jersey Devils are officially on the clock.
6:15 It’s Nico! I like that pick for the Devils. Really great player.
6:19 Nico is asked about catfish. He didn’t seem to understand.
6:22 It’s Nolan! I like that pick for the Flyers. Really great player.
6:28 The Stars take Heiskanen, boosting their defense.
6:35 The Ducks announce they have signed Patrick Eaves to a 3 year deal. Pierre Lebrun reporting a $3.1 million AAV. That’s a really nice signing for Anaheim.
6:39 A SWEDE IS DRAFTED
6:50 Perhaps the first questionable pick of the night, the Rangers take Lias Andersson. He seems like a fine player, but the Rangers traded Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to move up to this spot. Maybe a reach? Especially with a guy like Gabe Vilardi— who some had going to the Canucks or Golden Knights—still on the board.
6:53 HOVERING. WE HAVE HOVERING.
Now Laviolette is hovered behind him. Activity, for sure. pic.twitter.com/LfO6wah5g9— WESTERNCONFCHAMPIONS (@apfleisc) June 23, 2017
7:01 Gabe Vilardi is falling farther than most thought he would. Meanwhile, the Florida Panthers are on the clock.
7:07 Boy, Owen Tippett is reallllly ginger. He’s like a super ginger.
7:13 DOES NASHVILLE HAVE A TABLE AT THE DRAFT?
7:27 Snack break
7:42 Back from snack break. I see there were more Swedes and Finns taken!
7:47 Advice from the NBC pundits on Timothy Liljegren is that “less is more”—is that how Erik Karlsson is so good? He tries to do less?
7:53 Mike Milbury video clip got me feeling nauseous.
7:57 On the Sharks 1st round pick:
If you're taking a guy in the first round whose NHL potential is listed as '3rd line centre' you're doing it wrong— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) June 24, 2017
8:02 Best moment of the night is the St. Louis Blues taking Rob Thomas at No. (Matchbox) 20.
8:12 Still no action from the Predators. It really looks like they will simply make the pick at #30 and move on.
8:18 Folks... A first round pick in the NHL was just compared to Mattias Ekholm. And it was neat.
8:25 Preds are six picks away! I’m not particularly excited about anyone that is left. I wanted them to take either Yamamoto or Thomas. But of the players left, I would be cool with Shane Bowers or Jason Robertson.
8:30 A bunch of the top picks talked about their favorite music. This tweet is accurate:
Never would have thought young hockey players would have terrible taste in music.— Finnish Hoops Scout (@TimBaffoe) June 24, 2017
8:34 A trade! Blackhawks and Stars swap 1st rounders, with the #70 pick also going to the Hawks. BLOCKBUSTER.
8:36 First goalie is off the board. As expected, its Jake Oettinger. Dallas got a good goalie, it just might be a while before he is in the NHL.
8:38 WHOA. Stuff is happening. Right after the CHI-DAL trade, it was announced that STL and PHI have a trade. Here you go:
Brayden Schenn to STL for Lehtera, the 27th pick and a conditional first next year— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 24, 2017
8:40 So now the Flyers are on the clock and they take Frosty the Snowman, I think.
8:45 That’s a solid trade for the Blues. Brayden Schenn was a monster on the power play last year and he costs about the same as Lehtera.
8:52 The Hawks got to hear that stupid song for the first time in 3 months.
8:54 Kane & Toews are called up to make the pick and it is the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.
8:58 PREDS ARE ON THE CLOCK
9:02 The Preds take Eeli Tolvanen! Sharp shooting winger. I like it!
9:05 Wow, I am thrilled with that pick. Goal scoring is fun.
9:06 Meanwhile, the Penguins just traded for... Ryan Reaves??
9:07 The Blues will take the first Russian player on the day, Klim Kostin.
9:09 And with that, we are all done here! Thanks for hanging out with us.