PITTSBURGH – Midway through the first round, it appeared the Predators were up to something when GM David Poile had persistent conversations with Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero. It especially looked like a trade was a possibility when Shero’s hometown Penguins were on the clock with the 22nd overall selection.
Poile wouldn’t get into his discussions with Shero – remember: the two worked together in Nashville just six years ago; Poile mentioned they were “critiquing” other selections; the Predators’ and Penguins’ draft tables were next to each other – but the Predators ultimately stood pat in tonight’s first round of the NHL Draft.
“I talked to a few people on the phone – not too much, really, was there,” Poile said of the trade market following the first round. “There was a little bit [of dialogue overall] but not too much heading our way. I think we’re pretty focused on our team and trying to sign our own players.”
The Predators are slated to pick at 37th and 50th overall in tomorrow’s second round. Poile said he likes what players are available “at the moment.”
“On the 37th pick I know exactly – I can name two names, unless something dramatic changes, we’re going to get one of those two guys; so I’m going to be happy with that,” said Poile. “At the 50th pick there are players there that we’ve identified that I’m pretty sure we’re going to draft.”
Overall, the Predators have nine draft selections for Day of the draft.