Well, tonight’s the night. The Nashville Predators will find out whether they can finally put their miserable 2013 season behind them or if their bad luck continues even after their final game.
Monday night at 7:00pm Central, the NHL will hold the 2013 Draft Lottery. Every team that failed to qualify for the playoffs is eligible to win the lottery and, therefore, pick first overall on June 30.
The Predators finished the regular season 16-23-9, good for 27th place in the league’s standings. This makes them “Team 4″ as they were the fourth worst team in the league. Slotted where they are, the Preds will either pick first (winning the lottery), pick fourth (if Florida, Colorado or Tampa Bay win) or fifth (if any other team wins).
Nashville sits in “the danger zone” right now. They can fall to fifth and, while they’d still get a really good prospect at #5, the elite forward who can step in right away and make a difference will almost certainly be taken in the top four. There are still p...