The Nashville Predators had been searching for a long time to land one of their top prospects.
They finally got one in the form of defenseman Noah Hanifin.
The Predators acquired Hanifins 11th round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Hanifin was the best defenseman prospect in the draft and was considered one of the best defensive prospects in the last decade.
He played in the QMJHL with the QoC Lavalanche and the SHL with the Barrie Colts.
Hanifan had his share of issues, but he was a strong player who could contribute offensively in the NHL.
Hanimin was able to work his way to the NHL with the Predators.
He has been an asset in the AHL and is currently tied for the AHL lead in points with five.
The 24-year-old Hanifinos 6’0″ frame and big frame allow him to skate hard.
He’s also a good skater.
Hanimin’s strong skating and smart play in the offensive zone will help him succeed in the National Hockey League.
He is still learning the NHL game and may struggle to adapt to a full-time NHL role.
Hanis potential could come if he gets the opportunity to play with the Nashville Preds blue line.
He was part of the team’s training camp and will get an opportunity to see what the Nashville coaching staff is trying to do with him.
Hanisfin has the ability to be a top defender and he is likely to be used on the left side.
He will be used in a powerplay role with some of the Predators best young players.
Han is an offensive defenseman and plays a physical game.
He plays hard on the puck and is very smart on the defensive side of the puck.
He may be able to contribute offensively with some success.
The fact that Hanifyns draft was tied for first place in the OHL draft should help him find a role in the Nashville organization.
The Preds could look to develop him as a defenseman and get him into the lineup.
Han could potentially be the top defensive prospect in Nashville and will likely make an impact on the Predators blue line next season.