Preds Fourth Round Picks
Saturday, 06.25.2011 / 12:23 PM
OK, here's the scoop on the Preds two picks in the fourth round.
Josh Shalla is a big time offensive player --- natural scorer with good size. He went undrafted last year, his first draft-eligible year, and exploded this season for 47 goals, good for fifth in the OHL during the '10-11 regular season. He then added eight goals and 15 points in 12 playoff games for Saginaw. It's rare to see a player with those credentials would slid to the fourth round, but sometimes late-blooming kids in their second/third turn through the draft slide further than expected. But he gives the Preds a pure goal scorer in the system, something that could be a good element with the depth of solid two-way forwards already working through the ranks.
Garrett Noonan is in a similar situation to Shalla. Noonan was in his third trip through the draft. His a more mature player and still has three more college seasons to develop before the Preds would need to sign him. With Nashville's organizational depth at defense, the Preds can afford to be patient and wait for him to play out his college career.