The Preds wrapped up their draft day with three sixth round picks, going European with all three selections. Nashville nabbed Swedish defenseman Simon Fernholm at No. 164, Swedish forward Max Gortz at No. 172, and Czech overage goaltender Marek Mazanec at No. 179.
All week the Preds scouts had targeted these three players as solid late-round values, especially Mazanec, a 20-year old netminder that Nashville scout Martin Bakula has been eying the last two draft cycles. The Preds have had success unearthing European goalies in the late rounds of the draft and Mazanec's profile and development are similar to Anders Lindback, a seventh round pick in the '08 Draft as an older, lesser scouted goalie.
Fernholm and Gortz are examples of Sweden's development model. The Swedes revamped their development process a few years ago and the results have been impressive at both the World Junior level and on NHL Draft Weekend.