Predators acquire 2025 NHL Draft second-round pick and 2024 NHL Draft seventh-round pick from Tampa Bay

Nashville, Tennessee (May 21, 2024) – Nashville Predators general manager Barry Trotz announced today that the team acquired a seventh-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning at change for defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Edmonton’s fourth. Round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.

“We want to thank Ryan for everything he has meant to the Predators organization over the past two seasons, including his service as an alternate captain,” Trotz said. “His renowned leadership qualities and dedication to doing whatever it takes to win had an immediate impact on our team both on and off the ice. We wish Ryan and his family all the best as he returns to the Lightning organization.”

“At the same time, this trade adds to our already deep body of draft picks for the next two NHL Drafts and allows us to continue making adjustments and improvements to our team during the offseason. “We want to make decisions that help us build on the success we had in the 2023-24 season by giving ourselves as many weapons as we can get, whether it be younger players on our roster, more impactful draft picks or salary cap flexibility.”

The Predators have nine picks in the 2024 NHL Draft, which is scheduled for June 28-29 at the Sphere in Las Vegas: three in the second round, two in the third and fourth rounds and one in the first and seventh round.

Nashville now has nine picks in the 2025 NHL Draft: two in the first, second and third rounds and one in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.