NHL Trade Deadline Primer: Will the Predators Add More Picks?

The Nashville Predators, transitioning from the David Poile era and having made significant trades last year, are positioned as conservative sellers with a middle-of-the-pack roster and significant cap space, holding numerous draft picks for the upcoming years, as they face challenges making a playoff run in the Central Division.

The All-Star break is now a thing of the past. The trade deadline? It’s looming larger by the minute, now just a month away. So, where do the teams stand? What moves are on the horizon? Let’s dive into the Nashville Predators’ situation.

Last year, the Predators made waves at the trade deadline. They said goodbye to the David Poile era, sending off Mattias Ekholm, Tanner Jeannot, and Nino Niederreiter. In return? A treasure trove of draft picks. Now, with a roster that’s pretty middle-of-the-road, Nashville still has some valuable assets. These could bring in some solid returns at this year’s deadline.

Here’s where they stand: 28-25-2, ranking 5th in the Central Division. Their deadline status? Conservative sellers. And their deadline cap space? A cool $37.287 million, with 2/3 retention slots used and 45 out of 50 contracts used, according to CapFriendly.

Looking ahead, the Predators have a stash of upcoming draft picks. For 2024, they’ve got their own 1st, 2nd, a 2nd from TB, a 2nd from WPG, their own 3rd, a 3rd from DAL, their own 4th, a 4th from CHI, a 4th from EDM, their own 5th, and a 6th from DAL. And for 2025? They’re sitting on their own 1st, a conditional 1st from TB*, their own 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th.

That conditional pick from TB? It’s part of the deal that sent Jeannot to the Lightning. If it lands in the top 10 of the 2025 NHL Draft, the Lightning keep the pick.

As for trade chips, making a playoff run looks tough for the Predators. Cracking the top three in the Central Division seems a tall order, but they’re only two points shy of the last wild-card spot in the Western Conference. With nine games until the deadline, Barry Trotz, the head coach turned general manager, might still be weighing his options. What’s next for Nashville? Only time will tell.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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