The Nashville Predators are getting ready to face off with the Arizona Coyotes in the Qualifying Round, but would it be best for the Preds to lose?
Woah, woah, woah! Before we start going crazy, hear me out. Of course, I want the Nashville Predators to win and have as much success on the ice as possible. But if the Preds were to win the Stanley Cup, there’d be an asterisk next to their banner in the hockey community.
I would rather the Predators win a Stanley Cup or two over the next five or so seasons during a full season. That’s one reason why I think it might be best for the Preds to just lose in the Qualifying Round.
There is an incentive to losing in the Qualifying Round for the Predators. If the Predators were to lose to the Coyotes, they’d have a 12.5% chance of getting the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, which will be a first in franchise history.
Of course, if the Preds were to lose and not get the first pick in the draft, then the debate could be made for it not being worth losing in the Qualifying Round.
I also don’t expect the Predators to lay down and take the loss. If we’re breaking down the Preds’ matchup with the Coyotes, I think the Predators have the edge and will likely advance to the next round.
If that happens, then the Preds’ draft position is going to drop significantly compared to possibly having the No. 1 overall pick.
It’s all a matter of what you think is best for the Predators. Do you think they should go all-in on the season and go for the Cup or prepare for the future and hope to get the No. 1 overall pick for the first time in franchise history or with at worst a top ten pick?