Wild West:  Nashville Predators – Organization Review

Grant Campbell

2022-07-18

The Predators re-signed Filip Forsberg to an eight-year $8.5 million AAV contract which should come as a huge relief to their fanbase. Nashville has been able to keep its core intact for this upcoming season.

GM and Coach

David Poile will be entering his 16th season as the GM in Nashville after being GM in Washington for 14 years. It's hard to believe that he has been a GM in the NHL for more than 30 years in this era of coaches and GMs being replaced after two or three seasons.  In 15 seasons in Nashville, the team has made the playoffs 12 of 15 times, making it to the Finals once in 2016-17 and being eliminated in the first round six times and the second round four times.

John Hynes was hired mid-season during the 2020-21 season after being the head coach in New Jersey for three and a half seasons. His record with Nashville is 92-64-10 and the Predators have reached the playoffs all three seasons he has been there.

Salary Cap

The Predators have just over $9.2 million in cap space available to them for the 2022-23 season.

The team has John Leonard (23) and Yakov Trenin (25) to re-sign as restricted free agents.

Nashville could still add one or two significant free agents, but don't have much in the way of needs, other than improve the top-six offensively if they don't feel Philip Tomasino (20) or Eeli Tolvanen (23) are progressing enough.

The team has $2.0 million in dead cap space for each of the next six seasons for buying out Kyle Turris in October 2020 (in the second year of a six-year $6 million AAV contract). Not one of David Poile's best moves as a GM.

Draft Picks

Nashville had six picks in the 2022 entry draft and picked 17th overall by selecting Joakim Kemell (RW) who posted 39-15-8-23 with JYP in the Finnish Liiga as a 17-year-old (he turned 18 on April 27th).

Other picks were:

3rd round – 82nd overall – Adam Ingram (18) (C/LW) 54-26-29-55 with Youngstown USHL

3rd round – 84th overall – Kasper Kulonummi (18) (D) 3-0-0-0 with Kiekko-Vanta of the Finnish Mestis league

4th round – 114th overall – Cole O'Hara (20) (RW) 58-25-48-73 with Tri-City of the USHL

5th round – 146th overall – Graham Sward (18) (D) 57-10-33-43 with Sp