The Nashville Predators will pick fourth in the upcoming NHL entry draft on June 30 after losing the draft lottery Monday night.
The lottery is a strange place for Nashville to be, especially as high as No. 4, but GM Dave Poile should be able to land an impact player with the selection. While defenseman Seth Jones is all but assured to go No. 1 to Colorado, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Aleksander Barkov are considered elite-level prospects and should go two through four, in some order.
Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz called out Craig Smith and Sergei Kostitsyn for their lack of production this season.
"We expected production from Sergei and Craig Smith and we got none," Trotz said. "Both those guys, we were looking at them to be top-six, top-seven forwards and we got no production." Ouch. Smith finished with four goals and 12 points while Kostitsyn scored three goals and 15 points. Both were pretty big disappointments for a Predators team that finished tied for last in the NHL in scoring with 2.27 goals per game.
Nashville has a 10.7 percent chance to win NHL Draft Lottery Monday night and claim the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft.
If Florida, Colorado or Tampa Bay win they Nashville will make their selection at No. 4 since those are the only teams that finished with worse records than the Predators.
Filip Forsberg will return to Sweden and finish high school.
Forsberg was recalled for the last game of the season and ended up playing five games this year for the Predators after being traded from Washington at the deadline. He has a very bright NHL future as he is an all-round player. Not a bad gig to play in the NHL and then have to return home to finish high school. He is worth picking up in all keeper pools next season.
The Nashville Predators have sent Joonas Rask and five others to the minors to participate in the AHL playoffs.
Daniel Bang, Taylor Beck, Kevin Henderson, Chris Mueller and Victor Bartley will see some playoff action as the Milwaukee Admirals are tied at one apiece with the Texas Stars.
Colin Wilson feels great after undergoing shoulder stabilization surgery two weeks ago.
"It feels amazing," Wilson said. "I already know I'm ahead of schedule, and it's doing very well," he said. "I was told (surgery) was going to be the most painful experience of my life, waking up from that, but I didn't even have any pain." Wilson was expected to be out four-six months but his recovery is going a lot better than thought and he could be ready for the start of training camp.
Sergei Kostitsyn suffered an MCL injury Saturday and will need two-four weeks to recover.
It was the last game of the regular season and with the Predators on the outside looking in at the playoffs, it will only interfere with his off-season. Just an FYI as he had only three goals and 15 points in 46 games this season and should not have been in your lineup.