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Predators Top 20 prospects

  1. Nick Suzuki

Suzuki takes the top spot on the Preds prospect list. Despite being one of the youngest players available in the draft, Suzuki had a monster year in the OHL last year. Suzuki plays a fast game, either using his skating to create opportunities or his smarts making quick puck decisions. Using his skills, he was able to put up 45 goals and 51 assists in just 65 games.

2. Riley Tufte

Tufte is a huge winger that has exceptional physical tools considering his size. Not only is he 6’5”, he also moves well on the ice and has soft hands. Making the jump directly from high school to NCAA, he had a hard time initially adapting to the stronger league. After being held pointless through the first 14 games, Tufte finally started to catch up and posted 9 goals and 7 assists for 16 points in the last 23 games mostly from the third line. A competent defensive player, Tufte should get more offensive opportunities next year.

3. Vince Dunn

Dunn is an offensive defenseman who made a seamless transition from the OHL to the AHL. A good puck mover, he was able to convert his offensive style to the pro-game. He led all rookies on defense with 13 goals and 32 assists in 72 games.

4. Jaret Anderson-Dolan

Dolan plays the game fast in all aspects… quick thinker of the game, quick hands, quick on his skates. He has a scoring touch, putting up 39 goals as a near 2018 draft eligible (short 3 days). Works hard on the ice, will play any role asked. Plays hard at both ends of the ice but best quality is his scorer’s touch.

5. Tyler Bertuzzi

Bertuzzi is a pest that can contribute playing on the top lines. He plays an aggressive style and has good shooting skills. He raised his numbers in the AHL to 12 goals and 25 assists in 48 games, then followed with 9 goals and 10 assists in 19 games to help the Griffins win the Calder Cup.

6. Brendan Guhle

Guhle is a large defenseman that skates well. He is steady in his zone and can move the puck up the ice. After a slow start with Prince Albert, he turned it up with Prince George, scoring 13 goals and putting up 16 assists in 32 games.

7. Troy Terry

Terry is an offensively gifted player that saw his numbers surge this year. While he played hero at the U20 WJC putting up 7 points in 7 games as well as being a shootout scoring machine, he also had a massive year with Denver. He led the Bulldogs in points to a championship with 22 goals and 23 assists in only 35 games.

8. Anthony Cirelli

Cirelli is a hard-working player that makes a difference when it counts. A speedy skater, he can play in all situations. Two times OHL champion, one time Memorial Cup champion plus a silver medal at the WJC-20, Cirelli is a clutch player. After putting up 64 points in 51 games, he put up 31 points in 22 games during the OHL playoffs and 8 points in 5 games at the Memorial Cup. On top of that, he was a PPG during the WJC-20 for Canada.

9. Steven Santini

Santini is another good skating defenseman that plays a steady two-way game. In his first year following college, he was able to jump directly to the NHL mid-season. He put up 7 points in 38 games while playing in the NHL.

10. Connor Hobbs

Hobbs is a very attack oriented defense. He plays a game that can sometimes remind of Mike Green. He had a monster year with the Regina Pats where he put up 31 goals and 54 assists in 67 games. He also put up more than a point per game in the playoffs.

11. Denis Malgin

Malgin is a small but very skilled forward. His stickhandling is top-notch and he is elusive with the puck. He started last year in the NHL where he quickly put himself on the scoreboard but then fell into a scoring slump. He ended the year in the AHL where he put up 3 goals and 9 assists in 15 games.

12. Matthew Phillips

Phillips is a small offensive dynamo. He is quick and can score in a multiple of ways. Last year he was able to score 50 goals and 40 assists in 70 games on a team that lacked offensive talent.

13. Keith Petruzzelli

Petruzzelli is a goaltender that combines size and athletics. His large frame covers most of the net even when he’s in the butterfly position. On the other hand, he reacts quickly to plays through slides and reflexes. He had a good year with Muskegon and is heading to Quinnipiac.

14. Dylan Gambrell

Gambrell is a good all-around forward with a nose for the net. He followed his breakthrough season with another good season where he helped Denver become the National champions.

15. Eetu Luostarinen

Luostarinen is a big and aggressive forward that skates well. At just 18, he was able to stick in the Finnish elite league (Liiga) as a regular skater and contribute.

16. Wade Allison

Allison is a power forward that skates like a pro and likes to go to the net. He plays a rugged game, likes to screen the goalie and has soft hands in close. Had a productive season as an 18/19 years old freshman with Western Michigan, scoring 12 goals with 17 assists in 36 games.

17. Tucker Poolman

Poolman is a large defenseman with good offensive instincts. He can be used in all situations. He was a first team All-American and the MVP for University of Dakota last year scoring 7 goals with 23 assists in 38 games.

18. Will Bitten

Bitten is a fast two-way player with an offensive touch. He has a non-stop motor and can contribute at both ends of the ice.

19. Alexander Dergachev

Dergachev is a hulking power forward. He plays a gritty game but also has soft hands. He has been playing limited time on a deep KHL team (SKA) where he hasn’t been able to develop or showcase his offensive abilities.

20. Samuel Blais

Blais is a smaller forward that plays with high intensity. He also has good offensive instincts and soft hands. He was able to adapt well to the AHL as a 20 years old, being 2nd in rookie goals in the league with 26 in the year.