The Predators are in desperate need of some fresh blood on the blue line.
And one of the more intriguing options for the organization would be a young defenseman.
In a recent interview with NHL.com, Predators general manager David Poile confirmed that he would like to see a defenseman play in the NHL sometime in the future.
“I don’t think I would ever say that we would take one off the board, but I’d love to see some of these young guys play and maybe help us out in the next couple years,” Poile said.
“The thing about our young guys, you see them getting better and better, they’re just not making it on a nightly basis yet, and we’d like to have them.”
A number of NHL teams have inquired about the services of two-time Norris Trophy winner Anthony Bitetto, who has been out of the league since the 2016-17 season.
If Poile and general manager Jim Rutherford were to get the green light to take a look at a defenseman, it would seem to be a natural fit for Nashville.
In 2016-2017, Bitetty was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team, while in 2017-2018, he also earned the Vezina Trophy.
“He has a really good shot,” Poise said of Bitetti.
“I’m not sure if I’d say he’s an elite defenseman, but it’s a really solid shot.”
Bitetto is also known for his scoring prowess.
He scored 19 goals and 40 assists for 67 points in 80 games for the Predators in 2016-19, which led the NHL and tied for fourth on the team.
He also led the league with 39 power-play goals, tied for second on the Predators and tied with the St. Louis Blues for third in goals scored in one season.
He finished second on Nashville in goals for and second in power-plays goals, and had nine game-winning goals and six game-winners.
As Poile alluded to, the Predators would like some new blood on their blue line and could be looking to bring in a young player who could help them win more games.
While it’s unlikely that Bitetta would play in Nashville, he is a proven scorer and would certainly help the Predators on a daily basis.