There could be a lot of movement at the top of the 2013 NHL Draft if the teams interested in moving out of the top five have their way. First, the Colorado Avalanche have expressed their desire to shop the No. 1 overall pick, which was quickly followed by a report with the Florida Panthers saying they would be open to move out of the No. 2 spot. Now, the Nashville Predators have said that they are willing to keep their options open with the No. 4 pick in the draft.
“We’ll entertain offers. We’ve already had people inquire with us about it and vice-versa,” assistant general manager Paul Fenton said, via the Tennessean. “We’ll talk about whatever position that can improve us for the whole big picture of things.”
If the Predators don’t move from the spot, they are doing their due diligence. Nashville attended the 2013 NHL Scouting Combine and met with the top five players in the draft – with defenseman Seth Jones and forwards Jonathan Drouin, Nathan MacKinnon, Aleksander Barkov and Valeri Nichushkin. One of those players would likely be their pick if they are slotted for No. 4.
The NHL Draft will be held on June 30 in Newark, New Jersey.
We will find out exactly what the Predators have in store when that time comes.