August 28, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Nashville Predators in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:
Top Prospects Drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 2015 NHL Draft
ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Nashville Predators in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:
Kevin Fiala (ISS Ranked #20 in 2014, Overall drafted #11 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Talented forward with dangerous offensive tools and good speed. Fiala’s combination of speed and skill make him the Pred’s best forward prospect. He scored 11 goals in 33 games for Milwaukee as an 18-year-old last year. Fiala brings high end upside to be an offensive force at the next level. Expect the Predators brass to give him time to develop and dominate at the AHL level before a promotion to the NHL.
Seth Jones (ISS Ranked #2 in 2013, Overall drafted #4 in 2013 NHL Draft) – The Predators had high hopes for Jones after drafting him 4th overall and have to be pleased with his development. The 20-year-old is a smooth-skating defender who makes few mistakes. He isn’t overly physical but doesn’t shy away from contact.
Vladislav Kamenev (ISS Ranked #29 in 2014, Overall drafted #42 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Kamenev was an ISS favourite in his draft year as he always seemed to rise to the occasion. He is a player who coaches love to have on their side who can be relied upon to eat up big minutes and add character along the way. Played in the KHL last year, signed an entry-level deal in July. Kamenev is expected to start the year with Milwaukee but could be with the Predators before the season is over. Played for the Russia U20 team that won a silver medal at the World Juniors.
Austin Watson (ISS Ranked #12 in 2010, Overall drafted #18 in 2010 NHL Draft) – Led AHL affiliate Milwaukee with 26 goals and was second in points with 44. Hasn’t enjoyed as rapid development as the team would have liked since 2010. This is a pivotal season for his development. Projects as solid 3rd line type who will chip in 5 offensively.
BEST VALUE PICK SINCE 2010:
Juuse Saros (ISS Ranked #4th in 2013, Overall drafted #99 in 2013 NHL Draft) – Signed an entry-level contract with the Predators in June, Saros, 20, was the backup goaltender behind Pekka Rinne for Finland at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
“The Predators are built from the backend out, with Pekka Rinne one of the league best between the pipes and a defense led by Shea Weber and Roman Josi each who finished in the top five of Norris Trophy voting last season. However their biggest building block may have come from the trade for Filip Forsberg; exactly the type of player down the middle a franchise can build around. The best prospect in the system, Kevin Fiala will be a pro sooner than later and prospects to be a high-end top 6 winger with goal scoring ability. With no 1st round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Predators scouting staff added some much needed prospect depth upfront with the choice of Gatineau Olympiques solid two way Yakov Trenin with 55th pick and NDTP prospect Thomas Novak with 85th pick. Predators also bolstered their depth along the blue line when they selected undersized but smart two way d-men Alexandre Carrier 115th overall in the 4th round of the 2015 NHL Draft”. – Dennis MacInnis, Director of Scouting at ISS Hockey
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