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Preds would consider trading first-round pick for ‘top-six’ forward


James OBrien

From The Tennessean:

The Predators are open to trading their first-round pick in the NHL Draft in exchange for a “top six” forward, general manager David Poile said today.

Poile indicated the crop of unrestricted free agents this offseason is less than stellar...and there are not many such players who could jump in and help the Predators immediately.

The Preds have the 11th overall pick in the draft. They also have a new coach in Peter Laviolette, who was hired in part because he likes to play a more offensive style.

What they don’t have is a dynamic play-maker up front. Nashville’s leading scorer in 2013-14 was Shea Weber, a defenseman. Its top scoring forward was winger Patric Hornqvist, who finished with 53 points. Over 70 NHL players had more points than Hornqvist.

PS -- apparently Nashville is one of the teams on Jason Spezza’s no-trade list.

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