The Predators are blessed with a fairly deep prospects pool. Beyond the top 20, there are still many prospects that deserve attention.
Here are the next best 20 prospects for the Predators (21-40):
21. David Quenneville
Quenneville is a small offensive wizard. Despite his lack of size, he still plays a gritty game. Last year in the WHL, he put up more than a point per game with 23 goals and 36 assists in 49 games.
Walsh is primarily an offensive defenseman. He is a very good skater that can move the puck up the ice either with his feet or with on-target passes. He was the best Eastern high school prospect and played well both at the u18 and the USHL (with 10 points in 24 games late in the year).
23. Colton Sissons
Sissons was a revelation during last playoffs. He plays a two-way game but has a nose for the net. He had more points during his playoffs run than during the season despite playing less than half the games. He had 12 points in 22 games during the playoffs.
24. Travis Boyd
Boyd is a two-way forward that has improved his offensive skills over the years. He is a right hand player that’s good at faceoffs, which is a rare asset. He has good vision on the ice and can create offense with his passing game. He had 16 goals and 47 assists in 76 games last year in the AHL.
25. Sean Malone
Malone is a fast skater who took a bit of time to raise his game due to injuries over the years. He is very competitive, will go to the tough spots and has a good shot. He was able to complete a full season last year for Harvard, posting 18 goals and 24 assists in 36 games.
26. Brett Lernout
Lernout is a large defender that can move the puck but at the same time plays a tough style. He had 16 points in 74 games last year.
27. Maxim Letunov
Letunov is a quick heady forward with good offensive abilities. He has been working on his two-way game the last year. Played for a weak Connecticut team against strong competition made it tougher to produce better numbers last year.
28. Brandon Hagel
Hagel is a high energy forward that has been honing his offensive skills. Always moves his feet and gets in the good spots. His numbers soared last year in the WHL to 31 goals and 40 assists in 65 games.
29. Will Borgen
Borgen is mostly a puck moving defenseman. He has excellent skating and edge work. He excels at making a good first pass. He was on the steadiest defense pair in St.Cloud.
30. Brent Gates
Gates is a large forward that plays and aggressive physical game. He likes to park himself in front of the net. Gates plays well both ways. He improved his numbers threefold last year with Minnesota as a 19 years old, scoring 14 goals with 7 assists in 37 games.
31. Filip Larsson
Larsson is a big goaltender that plays a calm game. He had trouble in 2015-16 but was very solid last year. He had a 2.24 goals against average and a .925 save percentage with Djugardens in the SuperElit league.
32. Brett Murray
Murray is a huge forward that can skate. Wins puck battles, finishes checks and has good hands around the net. Moving from Junior A to the USHL, Murray was leading his team in scoring with 7 goals and 13 assists in 20 games when he made the jump mid-season to the NCAA with Penn State. There he played bottom lines duties where he didn’t make much of an impact.
33. Drake Rymsha
Rymsha is a two-way forward that plays an aggressive style. He is good at draws, battles hard in his zone and showed a scoring touch last year. Playing in the OHL last year, he was able to score 35 goals and 27 assists in 65 games.
34. John Nyberg
Nyberg is a big defenseman who plays well at both ends of the ice. He can make a good first pass and has a bomb from the blue line. He had 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points in his first full season in the SHL.
35. Jeremiah Addison
Addison is a gritty forward who has a nose for the net. Last year he captained his OHL team to a Memorial Cup win. Addison was especially good when it counted… He scored 5 goals in 5 playoffs games and 5 goals in 4 games during the Memorial Cup.
36. David Bernhardt
Bernhardt is a large size defenseman with offensive upside. He can move the puck up the ice efficiently. He was able to earn a spot in the SHL with Djurgardens where he put up 7 points in 27 games. He also appeared at the WJC-20 for Sweden where he didn’t look out of place amongst higher ranked prospects (Kylington, Carlsson).
37. Kirill Slepets
Slepets is a quick forward who is good with the puck. He can generate offense with his speed when he has space. He was particularly good in the Hlinka tourney where he scored 4 goals with 2 assists in 7 games.
38. Radim Simek
Simek comes over after a good few years playing in the top Czech league. He can move the puck efficiently. He skates well and provides support at both ends of the ice. He has played at the WC for the past two years where he was able to complement other NHL players. He put up 24 points in 42 games to help his team become the Czech Extraliga Champions.
39. Matej Tomek
Tomek hasn’t played much during the last two years, being stuck as the backup and appearing briefly only in 2 games during that span. He appeared last year in 2 games at the U20 WJC where he didn’t look out of place. While his development has stalled, he still holds much potential.
40. Christoffer Ehn
Ehn is a hard working center that skates well. He is also a good stick-handler that can generate offense. Last year he played in the SHL where he put up 13 points in 52 games.