Nashville Predators Must Now Look to the Future

By Stephanie Lewark
Randy Sartin – USA TODAY Sports

Failing to make the playoffs this year, the Nashville Predators have no choice but to look to the future – both the near and distant in the form of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft as well as free agents.

As for the fourth overall draft pick in this year’s draft, word is that although he’s not actively looking to trade it outright that the Predators general manager, David Poile, would consider trading it if the right offer came along, which would more than likely be for a top-line forward.  If they decide to keep the first-round pick, they have lots of talented forwards to choose from such as Nathan MacKinnonAleksander Barkov and Jonathan Drouin.

Other business at hand would be to re-sign defenseman Roman Josi who will become a restricted free agent come Jul. 5 and is someone the team is looking to keep as he’s been a player they believe is developing into an elite blueliner.  He originally signed an entry-level, two-way contract.  I would imagine the sooner that deal gets completed, the better for all parties involved.

The Predators may also be interested in free agents from other teams this coming off-season.  Some of the names that have been mentioned are Nathan Horton of the Boston Bruins, Stephen Weiss of the Florida Panthers, Sergei Gonchar of the Ottawa Senators and Derek Roy of the Vancouver Canucks.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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