It’s been 47 days since the NHL Draft was in Nashville. Training camp is a few weeks away for the Predators, so let’s look back at how it all ended for former general manager David Poile.
Eleven picks were made to bolster the prospect pool, but one of the skaters taken was no thanks to a trade that was made, the final deal for Poile on the draft floor.
It was a former Predator Tom Fitzgerald who made the final deal with Poile before going into retirement.
He was on Spittin’ Chiclets and was asked about the deal he struck with Nashville, something the original Predator never anticipated whatsoever.
GM Barry Trotz was the one who initiated the trade with the Devils tapping Fitzgerald on the shoulder and asking to have a word with him in the back. He agreed to the deal handing Nashville their final pick with Poile at the helm.
“I put my head down, I called my wife and told her to watch the end in the seventh round. I started tearing up. Because it really hit me. The magnitude of it and the impact he had on the game,” Fitzgerald said on the podcast.
Nashville drafted Penn St freshman Aiden Fink who is going into his first season of college hockey.
“I didn’t really know it was a big deal until my dad sent me the video of David Poile’s last pick,” Fink said. “It’s a special pick and I may be a special player for him.”
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