With the No. 4 pick in SB Nation's 2013 NHL Mock Draft, our Nashville Predators delegation at On the Forecheck selects...
Center, Tappara (SM-liiga)
Here's how OtF explains the pick:
When you put it all together, Barkov represents Nashville's best hope to enjoy the kind of home-grown star quality forward that fans have long wished for. He boasts a wonderful combination of size & skill, and is already delivering on some of that promise in Finland's top pro league. With the Predators, he could theoretically step right into the NHL lineup (getting protected minutes behind Mike Fisher, David Legwand andPaul Gaustad) or spend a season in Milwaukee acclimating himself to the smaller North American rink.