Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Draft Day

Who will go early and who will fall to be available to the Nashville Predators? Round one of the NHL Draft is tonight!

Smashville News:

Who the NHL draft experts are saying the Predators will select at #11 | A to Z Sports
"The Nashville Predators are set to select 11th in the NHL Draft on Tuesday. But who will they take? A mock draft roundup." It's a tough call. Everyone is talking up Yaroslav Askarov so much he may go earlier. He would be a good pick. But additional forward or defense talent is going to be needed at the AHL level when they raid the cupboard after training camp.

Breakdown: Nashville Predators sign goaltender Devin Cooley | On the Forecheck
Speaking of restocking the cupboard—Eric takes a look at our signing of a goalie prospect for our lower-level teams.

Bridgestone Proud to Partner with Preds Through Rapid Growth | NHL
"A shared belief in the potential of Nashville and its hometown hockey team initially brought Bridgestone and the Predators together in 2010." Annnd another one. Any guesses if there are more to come? Hunt Brothers? Smile Direct?

It’s time to say adieu to one of our favorites at On The Forecheck. Click through to Twitter to read the entire thread. Best of everything, Hayley, and we’ll see you at Bridgestone!

Central Division News:

Blackhawks trade Olli Maatta to Kings | Yahoo
Dominos are beginning to fall. Also heard the Chicago Blackhawks were kicking the tires on Matt Murray, but couldn't come to an extension agreement.

Minnesota Wild trade Ryan Donato to San Jose Sharks for 2021 third-rounder | ESPN
"Minnesota has traded forward Ryan Donato to the Sharks, the latest move in the Wild's effort to rebuild." The Minnesota Wild were busy...err...bears yesterday with this trade, a goalie trade (Devan Dubnyk for a pick and half of his salary retained) and an extension for Carson Soucy.

Colorado Avalanche to move on from Wilson, Connauton | Mile High Hockey
Somebody please check on AJ over the next few weeks.

Other Hockey News:

NHL draft 2020 primer - Answering the 20 biggest last-minute questions | ESPN
Some 2020 Draft 101 here, but also some interesting questions. As mentioned above, ESPN believes odds are high that the Russian goalie goes in the top ten.

Holy Moly, What's Up With All the Goalies? | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Popcorn! We need popcorn! Who will have a seat when the music stops? (Also, my pet peeve is on display here. There used to be a saying “Reading is Fundamental.” In today’s world it needs to be “Proofreading is Fundamental.”)

Philadelphia Flyers extending D Justin Braun; Matt Niskanen leaning towards retirement | TSN.ca
$5.75 million is a lot to leave on the table for one more year of hockey. Perhaps Matt Niskanen learned of things during this pandemic that are more important to him than money.

Johnson placed on waivers by Penguins for purpose of buyout | NHL
Stand down, Predators Facebook! Stand down! (and also hahahahahaha)

Arizona Coyotes shopping rights to Taylor Hall | TSN.ca
What do you think? Will there be a taker who wants the ability to dangle the eight-year offer? If so, what is it worth?

Brendan Roose: Can there be a college hockey season? | The Michigan Daily
"More than anything, I want college hockey to start. But I’m not sure it should." Brendan Roose brings up an interesting issue, not just for amateur hockey but for all sports. What do you think?