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Meet All 8 Predators Selections From The 2024 NHL Draft

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Photo of Egor Surin courtesy of the Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators collected eight promising players from the junior hockey ranks this weekend during the 2024 NHL Draft in Las Vegas.

First-rounder Egor Surin headlined the group after being selected with the No. 22 overall pick. Surin spent most of last season playing in Russia’s Junior Hockey League, where he registered 52 points in 42 games.

“We’re just really excited to get him,” Predators chief amateur scout Tom Nolan said in a release. “He’s just a combination of hard-working, character and high skill – his motor is always running. He’s a center – we’re always looking for centers – and he plays hard, is really physical and brings a lot of skill.”

Nashville came away from the draft with three centers, a pair of right wings, one left wing, one defenseman and one goaltender. General manager Barry Trotz executed two minor trades, sending pick No. 59 to Philadelphia in exchange for No. 77 and another third-rounder in 2025, and later dealing pick No. 119 to the New York Rangers for No. 127 and a seventh-rounder in 2026.

Each of the Predators’ draft selections are expected to participate in next week’s development camp, which begins Monday with physicals, features three days of on-ice practices at Centennial Sportsplex and concludes Saturday, July 6 with the Future Stars Game at Ford Ice Center Bellevue.

Here’s a quick look at each pick:

Round 1, No. 22: Egor Surin, C, Loko Yaroslavl (Russia)

Trotz told reporters Friday night he was “on the phone probably for about five or six picks in a row” in an attempt to move up and select Surin. Luckily for Nashville, the 17-year-old eventually fell to No. 22. His all-out playing style led to 22 goals, 30 assists and a team-high 108 penalty minutes last season, but it also earned him a pro call-up to the Kontinental Hockey League for three games.

Round 2, No. 55: Teddy Stiga, C, NTDP (USHL)

Nashville may have pulled a major coup by snagging Stiga toward the end of the second round. Several outlets – including Daily Faceoff, Elite Prospects and Sportsnet – viewed him as a potential first-rounder. The Boston College commitment is a big-time offensive threat, as he showed with 128 points in 95 games across all competitions in 2023-24.

Round 3, No. 77: Viggo Gustafsson, D, HV71 (Sweden)

Gustafsson won’t turn 18 until Sept. 11, making him one of this year’s youngest draft-eligible players. He’s already 6-foot-2, 194 pounds with plenty of time to fill out his frame and grow his skill set on the blueline. Gustafsson had 25 points and a plus-21 rating in 46 games last season.

Round 3, No. 87: Miguel Marques, RW, Lethbridge (WHL)

Marques has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Lethbridge Hurricanes in Canada’s Western Hockey League, but he took his playmaking ability to the next level in 2023-24. He led the team with 74 points (28 goals, 46 assists) in 67 games, more than tripling his point total from the year before.

Round 3, No. 94 pick: Hiroki Gojsic, RW, Kelowna (WHL)

Just moments after securing Marques, Nashville dipped into the WHL again. Gojsic tallied 50 points (21 goals, 29 assists) in 68 games with the Kelowna Rockets after making the jump from the British Columbia Hockey League for 2023-24.

Round 4, No. 99 pick: Jakub Milota, G, Cape Breton (QMJHL)

If the Predators decide to trade Yaroslav Askarov, it will help to have another goalie in the pipeline. Milota went 18-11 with a 2.82 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage in the QMJHL last season. He also served as the Czech Republic’s primary netminder for the IIHF World U18 Championship.

Round 4, No. 127 pick: Viktor Nörringer, LW, Frölunda (Sweden)

Nörringer, another 17-year-old from Sweden, is less than two weeks older than Gustafsson. The 6-foot-3, 192-pounder projects as a power forward with a knack for scoring goals. He racked up 57 points (28 goals, 29 assists) in 48 games, splitting time between Frölunda Hockey Club’s U18 and U20 teams.

Round 7, No. 213 pick: Erik Påhlsson, C, Dubuque (USHL)

Nashville spent its final pick on Påhlsson, who posted 72 points (28 goals, 44 assists) in 57 USHL games last season. At 20 years old, he’s the most experienced of the eight selections. The Sweden native is set to join 2023 Predators first-rounder Matthew Wood at the University of Minnesota next season.

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