Jets GM Mike Maccagnan told reporters Thursday that he has not made a final decision about trading the No. 2 overall pick in the NHL Draft to the Nashville Predators for No. 9 overall and No. 18 overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Maccagnat said he believes that he will be able to trade both players.
“I’ve talked to (general manager) Kyle Dubas and he has made it clear that they will not do this.
I’m not going anywhere,” Maccagen said.
Maccagna said he has “very high expectations” for the Predators’ picks, but he also acknowledged that they may not be the first team to trade the pick. “
The fact is, this draft is going to have so many people that I can’t take a No 1 and a No 2, I’m going to go No 1.”
Maccagna said he has “very high expectations” for the Predators’ picks, but he also acknowledged that they may not be the first team to trade the pick.
MacCagnan said the team will have a “very strong draft board” heading into the draft.
The Predators picked No. 3 overall, which has been the No of the past three selections.
The team had the No 3 overall pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Combine.
The Preds’ next pick, which they have not announced, is No. 8.
Maccaagna said he would love to have a No 9 overall pick.
But he added that the team is not planning on moving any of the top picks.
“They’re all very important,” Maccaagnan added.
“So I think they’re going, ‘This is the best situation.
You can have a better team, and you can win.'”