On Saturday morning, the Nashville Predators were very busy early during the second day of the NHL Draft in Montreal with seven selections in rounds 2, 3 and 5.
The Preds selected right winger Zach Budish, a prep standout from Edina, Minn., at #41 and followed it a pick later with defenseman Olivier Roussel from St. Eustache, Quebec.
Budish was an interestingly selection since he missed an entire high school season with an injury. Nashville brass said the prospect was recently cleared to play and at 6’-3” and 229 pounds, the team took a chance.
Third-round selections Saturday for the Predators were left winger Taylor Beck (#70) and center Michael Latta (#72). Beck and Latta, both Ontario natives were teammates for OHL’s Guelph team last season.
In the fourth round, the team took center Craig Smith of Madison, Wisc., at #98, Mattias Ekholm, a Swedish defenseman, at #102, and Nick Oliver, a high-school center from Minnesota at #110. In the fifth, Gabriel Bouque, a forward from Quebec, was Nashville’s choice at #132.
The team did not have a sixth-round selection, but added one more in the seventh and final round, grabbing center Cameron Reid of British Columbia at pick 192.
Saturday’s group of draft selections follows Friday’s top pick Ryan Ellis. Read an complete analysis of all the Predators’ picks Monday at nashvillecitypaper.com