2022-23 Top 10 Nashville Predators Prospects

It was recently the Nashville Predators were an excellent preparing and establishing group. The group had actually developed a track record for being a defenseman-developing factory with a long list of impactful protectors increasing through their ranks such as Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Seth Jones, and Samuel Girard.

Currently, the Predators have couple of under 25 gamers on the lineup making an effect. Development of crucial potential customers such as Philip Tomasino, Cody Glass, and Dante Fabbro has actually not advanced the method numerous had actually predicted triggering issue.

Nashville has actually not prepared excessively well over the previous years. not having first-round choices in 2018, 2015, 2012, or 2011, and not selecting inside the leading 10 considering that picking Seth Jones 4th total in 2013 added to their draft outcomes.

That stated, the group requires to enhance their hunting and preparing finding gamers later on in the draft and more notably, enhancing the advancement of the potential customers they have in the system.

1. Yaroslav Askarov, G – Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)

Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 6-4/179
Drafted: 2020 round one, 11th total by Nashville Predators

Arguably the very best goaltending possibility on the planet not presently in the NHL is the huge Russian. He has actually been an elite possibility considering that prior to he was prepared playing in Russia. He is an extremely embellished possibility having actually won a Gold, and Bronze at the Hlinka Gretzky, Silver at the U18, and WJC while winning the very best goalie award at the U18.

Askarov has actually made his extremely expected launching in North America for the existing project. Wisely Nashville permitted him to play the beginning function in the AHL with Milwaukee instead of support Saros in the NHL. His change to North America and smaller sized ice has actually been strong. Through 22 video games he’s published a record of 13-6-4.

The novice was just recently remembered for his NHL launching and began his very first video game versus Montreal (a 4-3 loss) and has actually considering that been gone back to the AHL where he has actually been called an All-Star. His advancement is best on track and is trending to be an NHL starting goalie, with franchise starter advantage.

2. Philip Tomasino, C – Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 6-1/198
Drafted: 2019 round one, 24th total by Nashville Predators

While Tomasino technically currently finished from possibility status after playing a complete NHL season of 76 video games in the 2021-22 season, he has actually played totally back in the AHL for the existing season therefore I have actually benched him pull back to “prospect”.

Tomasino missed his last year of OHL when COVID closed the OHL. No issue, he played in the AHL and was dominant with 32 points in 29 video games as a novice. He was likewise lent out to Canada for the bubble WJC where he was exceptional scoring 4 objectives and 6 points in 7 video games to win the Silver Medal.

As discussed, he made the NHL the list below year scoring 32 points in 76 video games as a novice in restricted ice time. Unhappy with his consistency, he has actually returned for more advancement in the AHL where he is on rate for 59 points in 64 video games. Good on the Predators for enabling Tomasino to play first-line minutes in the AHL with Milwaukee. While this might appear like an action back, it must enable him to take 2 advances in the NHL quickly.

3. Joakim Kemell, RW – JYP (Liiga)

Age: 18
Ht/Wt: 5-11/183
Drafted: 2022 round one, 17th total by Nashville Predators

Kemell advises me a little of now previous Predator Eeli Tolvanen, because Kemell is a shooter. Drafted out of Liiga (Finland’s leading guys’s professional league) where as a 17-year-old he scored 15 objectives and 23 points in 39 video games. Kemell was likewise lights out in the WJC for Suomi scoring 4 times and publishing 12 points in 7 video games to win the Silver Medal in overtime.

His D+1 year has actually not been as remarkable, his point-per-game production with JYP has actually fallen from 0.59 to 0.4 points per video game. As a returning gamer for Finland at the WJC, he just scored a 3rd of the points he produced in the previous competition, and his play was slammed sometimes.

His shot is deadly, on the power play he can let loose a laser with a slapper on-timer. His wrist shot fasts, difficult and lethal precise. He plays a fairly physical video game and can be aggressive sometimes. His skating is a possession also. He does not have elite playmaking vision and sometimes his decision-making is doubtful. With more advancement and if like numerous teenage gamers, he can establish some consistency he still forecasts as a top-six goal-scoring winger at the NHL level.

4. Juuso Parssinen, C/LW – Nashville Predators (NHL)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 6-3/212
Drafted: 2019 round 7, 210th total by Nashville Predators

Every occasionally a possibility comes out of apparently no place and makes the NHL. A current example of this is Yegor Sharangovich with the New Jersey Devils. The Predators appear to have one such gamer in the huge Finnish winger Parssinen.

Found cash as a seventh-round choice in 2019, Parssinen had actually been silently putting points on the board in the Liiga. The Predators took notification and signed him to his ELC and lent him back for another year of advancement in the Liiga. After a 32-point project in 41 video games and 12 more in 18 championship game, Nashville had actually seen enough and brought him to North America.

After a strong training school, he was designated to the AHL however showed NHL-ready after publishing 9 points in 10 video games. He was remembered to the NHL and has actually not kept an eye out of location as he is on rate for a 40-point season and is connected for 12th in novice scoring.

5. Luke Evangelista, RW – Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)

Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 6-0/183
Drafted: 2020 round 2, 42nd in general by Nashville Predators

Evangelista was among the more polarizing potential customers in the 2020 draft class. Ranked by some as a first-round possibility, others questioned if his respected offending ability would equate to expert hockey, not to mention the NHL.

Evangelista produced a point-per-game offense in his draft year with the London Knights. During the OHL lost season, he just played in 14 AHL video games with just 4 helps. He was plainly not prepared for professional hockey. Perhaps that look functioned as a wake-up call as he went back to the OHL in the 2021-22 season as the Captain of the London Knights and torched the OHL with 55 objectives and 111 points in 62 video games.

In his very first complete season as a novice back in Milwaukee, he is playing a top-six function and is on rate for a 61-point season. Some of the issues in his draft year were problems with consistency, skating, and contend level. He appears to have actually pleased all those issues and more.

6. Zachary L’Heureux, LW/C – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 5-11/196
Drafted: 2021 round one, 27th total by Nashville Predators

Smashville is going to like this person! L’Heureux is an offending forward with a fondness for violence. In his QMJHL novice season, he captured scouts’ attention with 20 objectives, 53 points and 70 PIM’s in 55 video games. Traded from Moncton to Halifax his production has actually seen minor incremental enhancement. His offending abilities task to maybe balance at the NHL level, while his skating and speed are second-rate and need enhancement.

What might make him his ticket to the NHL is his aggressiveness, forechecking and capability to be a disturber. He will be a fan favorite in Nashville, and commonly disliked throughout the remainder of the league as a middle-six winger comparable to Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher.

7. Fyodor Svechkov, C/LW – Spartak Moskva (KHL)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-0/187
Drafted: 2021 round one, 19th total by Nashville Predators

Svechkov is a really clever gamer with a high level of hockey sense. He sees the ice extremely well which enables him to make impactful plays both offensively and defensively. His two-way video game will be his ticket to the NHL.

His skating is a liability, however that is correctable. His offending advantage is the huge concern. He has actually produced well at the junior level, scoring 31 points in 30 video games in 2015 in the VHL. His KHL production is underwhelming regardless of getting great playing time. Svechkov’s agreement in the KHL will end at the end of the existing season and he might come and complete the year in North America in the AHL.

The 19-year-old has a lot of advancement ahead of him, however his smarts might land him in the NHL as he will be a flexible gamer coaches will rely on.

8. Ryan Ufko, RD – Umass (NCAA)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 5-11/170
Drafted: 2021 round 4, 115th total by Nashville Predators

One of the fastest increasing potential customers. Ufko is an item of the Chicago Steel where the small protector scored 31 points in 37 video games in his draft year. Ufko took a huge advance as a freshman at UMASS publishing 31 points as a freshman in 37 video games. In his sophomore season, his play has actually continued and made him a function with U.S.A. at the WJC. His release there increased as the video games advanced and he completed with 10 points in 7 video games assisting U.S.A. to the Bronze medal.

Ufko stands out at developing offense in shift with stretch passes and by dispersing the puck on the powerplay. Nashville might have discovered an excellent NHL gamer in the 4th round of the draft. Ufko might take another year of college advancement and after that some AHL spices to complete a few of his protective warts.

9. Jack Matier, RD – Ottawa 67’s (OHL)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-5/196
Drafted: 2021 round 4, 124th total by Nashville Predators

Nashville did extremely well in preparing the lumberjack of a defenseman in the 4th round in 2021. His OHL novice season was underwhelming. His sophomore season was lost to COVID playing just 7 video games in the U18 with Canada in his draft year. With the OHL returning he was a minus -20 in 66 video games with 53 PIMs and 29 points.

Ottawa is now the leading group in the OHL and just recently packed up for a title run and chance at the Memorial Cup and Matier will be a huge part of that. In his last OHL season, he is a high-impact gamer on rate for 65 points and was called to the Gold Medal winning Team Canada for the WJC. He remained in a shutdown function for Canada which is most likely how he will be utilized in the NHL.

10. Markus Nurmi, LW/RW – Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)

Age: 24
Ht/Wt: 6-5/205
Drafted: 2016 round 6, 163rd total by Ottawa Senators

Nashville might have discovered a late bloomer in the Senators’ 2016 sixth-rounder. Big gamers can often take longer to grow which might hold true with the 6-5 Finnish winger. Nurmi has actually had some stagnant advancement in Liiga considering that Ottawa prepared him, he stayed anonymous and ended up being a totally free representative.

After a breakout playoff efficiency with TPS scoring 19 points in 18 video games, Nashville signed the winger and brought him to North America. He had an excellent camp and was designated to the AHL where he is on rate for a 43-point season as a novice. He is a flexible gamer that moves well, has the size and reach, is sound defensively, and has some offending advantage.

Honorable Mentions:

Nolan Burke: Signed as a totally free representative, he has 39 points in 29 video games with Sarnia in the OHL as an over-age.

Kasper Kulonummi: The Finnish protector was the Preds ’22 third-round choice and is scoring over a point-per-game in the U20 SM-sarja

Gunnarwolfe Fontaine: Junior at Northeastern now producing a point-per-game. He must be prepared to turn expert.

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