The Nashville Predators picked the top defenseman in the 2018 NHL Draft on Thursday.
They’ve been making a name for themselves in the Russian league since the lockout ended and it’s an exciting time to be a fan of the franchise.
Nashville Predators GM David Poile was a guest on the NHL Network’s First Take with Jim Nill and Adam Gretzky on Friday to talk about his team’s success and what it takes to be successful in the NHL.
Here’s a look at some highlights from the interview:On being a kid in Kazakhstan during the lockout:I grew up in Krasnoyarsk in the Soviet Union.
The first time I ever saw hockey was the World Junior Championships, which was in 1980.
I was 13 years old.
That was the first time my family ever saw a hockey game, which I was really impressed with.
I thought it was incredible, and I wanted to see what it was all about.
Then, in 1984, I went to play in the World Championship for my country, Kazakhstan.
That really touched me.
It was my first tournament and I think it was my best experience, because I played against some really good players.
I think the players were really good and the fans were great.
So I had a good experience and I really enjoyed playing in a tournament.
It’s really nice to be back in the same place.
The fans are really good.
They love you when you’re here.
The rink is always packed.
There’s always a lot of fans.
I’m a little bit shy but it’s fun being around fans.
On his goal in the first period of his first NHL game:I just try to take it one game at a time.
I try to keep my composure and just try and take it step by step.
On being the first pick in the draft:I’m glad I’m here, I’m glad that it happened.
It’s always nice to get a first-rounder.
It really shows you how much you’re valued.
I feel like my draft year I showed that.
I think we had a really good draft, but it was just a good year for us.
The draft is always exciting, but there’s always some ups and downs.
That’s one of the things I’m really looking forward to with the year ahead, which is learning a lot and being able to learn from the guys and trying to do things the right way.
On the draft being a success so far:It’s definitely been a success.
We’re excited for it, and the city of Nashville is awesome.
It is a really great city to live in and we’re just really looking to get to work.
It has a lot to offer, and we’ll be excited to see how it plays out.