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Nashville Predators Pavel Koltygin & Jacob Paquette with Final Draft Picks

The Preds select a center and a defenseman to round out this year’s NHL Draft.

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Pavel Koltygin

From Elite Prospects:

  • BIRTHYEAR: 1999-02-17
  • AGE: 18
  • NATION: Russia
  • HEIGHT: 184 cm / 6'0"
  • WEIGHT: 87 kg / 192 lbs

From Future Considerations:

A fun player to watch because he is always involved in the play…is continuously in motion and doesn’t wait for the puck to come to him…uses a blend of shoulder dekes with quick skating jukes to get by the opposition…possesses a good wrist shot…has a dangerous one-timer that combines quick reaction, accuracy and a high level of velocity…not afraid to park himself in front of the net, obstructing the goaltenders view, while looking for a deflection or a rebound chance…tenacious around the crease…can control and manage the puck well, slowing down the play and waiting for support…has great ice-vision, sees the play developing and can find passing lanes quickly…passes are simple but efficient and easy to handle…needs to round out his overall game…he doesn’t think twice about supporting his teammates or get involved on the wall…will have to get stronger if he wants to be effective against more physical players…has the ability to have a great impact in the offensive zone…a raw but promising prospect who has top six NHL upside. (November 2016)

Jacob Paquette

From Elite Prospects:

From Future Considerations:

A no-frills defender who possesses the desired NHL size, physicality, mobility and defensive strength to be effective as a two-way guy…aware in all areas and reads the game well…skating technique is excellent…has the ability to keep up with the most fleet footed opposition…dishes crisp passes that lead the man and find the tape perfectly…possesses a pretty hard slap shot, though the release needs work…defensively he does a good job of indemnifying his man, sticking to him and rubbing him out along the wall…playing the man one-on-one he reads what is happening next well, anticipates and reacting quickly…strong defender who is solid on his feet…likes to play physical by stepping forward and finishing his checks…strong on the penalty kill, playing his man hard and engaging on the wall, pinning against the boards and killing time…wins the majority of puck battles he engages in…has the pro potential to be that real solid, dependable defense first defender that can move the puck up ice. (November 2016)