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Preds take another step towards the future

For the first time in over 10 years, Nashville will be missing the playoffs. With that in mind, the Predators faced the trading deadline with the objective of shaping up the future of the franchise.

From the various players that were traded since the New Year, the Predators were able to haul a 1st round pick, two 2nd round pick, two 4ths and a couple later picks. In addition, Nashville added promising prospects rights.

The highest profile prospect added was Olli Juolevi. Selected at #12 in the NEFHL draft 2016, Juolevi is a highly skilled defenseman with excellent offensive instincts and abilities. Currently playing in Finland’s top league with men at just 19, he should be able to make the jump to the big league sooner than later. He also figured prominently for Finland at the last WJC-20 where he was one of their top players.

The Predators also added Michael Spacek, a finesse forward. Playing on a deep Manitoba AHL team, Spacek has been able to contribute offensively despite seeing limited ice-time. He will likely take a couple more years but could pay off with above average offensive contribution.

Madison Bowey was also acquired at the deadline. Another young defenseman with good offensive abilities, Bowey still needs to adapt his game at the highest level. He has gotten a cup of tea at the highest level and hopefully he can raise his game to become a fixture on the blueline.

Dominik Simon was another acquired prospect who played at the pro level this year. A hardworking player, he fits well on a third line with a blend of defensive awareness and offensive vision.

Lastly, the Predators also received Emil Pettersson. Pettersson came over from the SHL where he had some success to lead the Milwaukee Admirals in points (tied with Bobby Butler). He is a good playmaker who may get a chance at the top level in the upcoming years.