Welcome back to my 31 in 31 Top Ten Prospect Series.
Yesterday, we went to Quebec and checked out the Montreal Canadiens’ prospect system. This group was highlighted by a group that are led by Nick Suzuki, Ryan Poehling, and Josh Brook. Today, we’re going to travel down to the Music City and check out who the Nashville Predators have waiting for their chance in the pipelines. Without further ado, let’s have a look.
1. Eeli Tolvanen (LW, 1st Round, 30th Overall in 2017)
Tolvanen was initially projected to be a top-15 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, but he ended up slipping all the way down to 30th overall. The Nashville Predators were more than happy to scoop up the KHL standout. He had an incredible season with Jokerit last year with 36 points in 49 games. Following this, the Predators brought him over to North America for his rookie season. He has 12 points in 23 games with the Milwaukee Admirals and two points in four games with the Predators.
2. Dante Fabbro (D, 1st Round, 17th Overall in 2016)
Unlike most prospects, Fabbro opted to play in the BCHL in his draft year over the CHL, but he performed well enough there to have the Predators select him at 17th Overall. The 20-year-old BC native is currently in his third season with Boston University where he’s team captain and has 13 points in 16 games so far this season.
3. Frederic Allard (D, 3rd Round, 78th Overall in 2016)
Approaching his 21st birthday, Frederic Allard has already been doing great things at the AHL level despite his age. The Quebec native currently has 17 points in 31 games with the Milwaukee Admirals and has made a positive impact at both ends of the ice. While still early, it looks like the Preds have a good one in Allard.
4. Alexandre Carrier (D, 4th Round, 115th Overall in 2015)
Another Quebec-born defenseman, Carrier was drafted one year earlier than Allard and doesn’t have as much of a size advantage as his fellow French d-man. However, he still has a chance to be a pretty solid defenseman as he has a lot untapped talent. He’s currently in his third full season with the Milwaukee Admirals and has 11 points in 30 games to his name.
5. Emil Pettersson (C, 6th Round, 155th Overall in 2013)
Getting closer to his 25th birthday, Pettersson unfortunately doesn’t have time on his side in his quest to make a name for himself with the Nashville Predators. However, if he keeps working hard and improving his game he could eventually secure himself an NHL job. The Sundsvall, Sweden native currently has 17 points in 30 games in the AHL so far.
6. Grant Mismash (C, 2nd Round, 61st Overall in 2017)
Mismash is a gritty forward who maximizes his physical game to the fullest, all while having great offensive instincts. He’s currently in his second NCAA season and has nine points in his first 17 games. If all goes according to plan, the Nashville Predators are hoping that Mismash can become a middle-six power forward at the NHL level.
7. Yakov Trenin (C, 2nd Round, 55th Overall in 2015)
Trenin has always been a solid two-way forward with a knack for goal scoring and popping his name up on the scoresheet. He’s had a bit of a rough go in his first two seasons in the AHL, struggling offensively. Currently he only has nine points in 30 games, but at 21 years old, he has lots of time to turn his game around.
8. Anthony Richard (4th Round, 100th Overall in 2015)
Richard is no stranger to the AHL at this point, currently in his third season with the Milwaukee Admirals. The Trois-Rivieres native currently has 19 points in 27 games and has steadily gotten better every season since being drafted.
9. David Farrance (D, 3rd Round, 92nd Overall in 2017)
Farrance is currently playing for Boston University of the NCAA, making him the third Nashville Predators prospect along with Fabbro and Harper to represent the team. He’s currently off to a solid start, putting up nine points in 16 games thus far.
10. Patrick Harper (C, 5th Round, 138th Overall in 2016)
Harper has lots of skill to his name but faces a disadvantage that most players don’t, which is size. Standing at a minuscule 5’7 and 160lbs, he will need to emphasize skill to be successful. He’s coming off of two successful seasons with Boston University but is off to a rough start this season, putting up only seven points in his first 16 games.
Thanks for reading! Tune in next time where we’ll go over the talent the New Jersey Devils have in their system.