The Nashville Predators made a depth trade at the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday. GM David Poile added some scoring depth at a very good price, getting P.A. Parenteau from the New Jersey Devils for a 6th round pick. Parenteau has 13 goals and 27 points so far this year. Four times in his career, he has scored at least 18 goals and appears heading for a fifth.
The next question is where to play him. The great thing about a guy like Parenteau is he can play up and down your top 9 on both sides, so his versatility will play a key role. The power play is another place that he thrives. The most likely landing spot for him to start is alongside Mike Fisher. This means that either Kevin Fiala or Craig Smith will most likely come out of the lineup. Kevin Fiala is young and starting to really get comfortable. You can really see it in his play this past week. Smith, on the other hand, is just having an off year for a guy you expect to get 20 goals from. With only 9 goals in 62 games, it doesn’t appear he will get there. Smith’s spot is the most likely place for Parenteau right now.
A few weeks ago, Poile acquired Cody McLeod from the Colorado Avalanche and Vern Fiddler from the New Jersey Devils. These two moves, along with Parenteau, have filled the Predators most glaring holes (grit and depth scoring) at not much of a price. All three guys also give the Predators a ton of depth and ability to ice whatever they need in a lineup for that night. Barring any major injuries, Poile has put this team in a real good position to have some success come playoff time.
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