Live Predators 2012 NHL Entry Draft Blog

After day one, the Nashville Predators were silent. No picks and no moves. There were talks though with, to our knowledge, only Ray Shero, GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins, about acquiring the rights of Ryan Suter, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune. David Poile didn’t budge at all. 

That concludes the 2012 NHL Entry Draft! The Nashville Predators drafted six forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. The only trades involving the Preds were two pick-for-pick trades with the New York Rangers meaning Nashville still holds the negotiating rights of Ryan Suter up to July 1 and Shea Weber is still a Predator. It will take a few years to see if the Predators drafted another late round gem, such as Patric Hornqvist and Pekka Rinne, but by all accounts, it appears the Predators made some solid picks as well as good value picks in the later rounds.

Miikka Salomaki Head coach Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators shakes hands with Miikka Salomaki drafted 52nd overall by the Predators during day two of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 25, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.

Draft Picks

RD Pick Overall Team Player Position Country HT LBS League Team
2 7 37 NSH (via TBL) Pontus Aberg LW Sweden 5’11 194 Swedish Elite League Djugarden
2 20 50 NSH (via TBL) Colton Sisson RW Canada 6’1 189 WHL Kelowna
3 5 66 NSH (via LAK) Jimmy Vesey C USA 6’2 185 EJHL South Shore
3 29 89 NSH (via NYR) Brendan Leipsic C Canada 5’9 165 WHL Portland
21 112 NSH Zachary Stepan C USA 5’11 165 High-MN Shattuck-St. Mars
4 27 118 NSH (via PHX) Mikko Vainonen D Finland 6’2 211 Swe-Jr Farjestad Jr
6 13 164 NSH (via FLA) Simon Fernholm D Sweden 6’4 187 Swe-Jr Huddinge Jr
6 21 172 NSH Max Gortz RW Sweden 6’2 196 Swe-Jr Farjestad Jr
6 28 179 NSH (via NYR) Marek Mazanec G CZE 6’4 187 CZREP PLZEN


  • The Nashville Predators have traded up to the 89th overall pick from the New York Rangers for a 2013 third round pick.
  • The Nashville Predators have traded the 142nd overall pick to the New York Rangers for a 2013 fifth round pick.