Originally posted on Section 303  |  Last updated 5/30/14

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 21: Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators skates with the puck during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 21, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
What’s the one thing the Nashville Predators have always needed? A dynamic scoring forward. And how have Stanley Cup winning teams like the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins found theirs? At the top of the NHL Draft. “Sometimes you have to be really bad in order to get them,” Predators Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton said. “We don’t want to do that.” Speaking of “really bad,” the Blackhawks brought Patrick Kane (#1 overall, 2007) and Jonathan Toews (#3, 2006) into the fold thanks to several terrible years. Likewise, the Penguins snagged two of the best players in the world in Evgeni Malkin (#2, 2004) and Sidney Crosby (#1, 2005) after losing 41, 47 and 48 games in back-to-back-to-back seasons. Since dropping the puck at 501 Broadway back in 1998, Nashville has never been bad enough to snag a top three draft pick and, for obvious reasons, they’d like to keep it that way. The Predators are known for world-class goaltending and solid defense. With Pekka Rinne between
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