The Nashville Predators have signed one of their 2020 draft picks, inking Luke Prokop to a three-year entry-level contract. Prokop was selected 73rd overall earlier this fall and is expected to return to the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL should they have a season.
It’ll always be mentioned first when discussing Prokop, but there’s just no way around noticing his size before anything else. The 6’4″ forward looks even taller thanks to his long limbs that provide a huge wingspan to disrupt rushes and get his stick in passing lanes. Often defenseman his size struggle with mobility, but Prokop actually can skate quite well and transitions nicely on a turnover.
Unfortunately, there’s not a ton of offensive upside to his game, meaning if he makes the NHL it will either be because of a huge development step or as a responsible, penalty-killing option. He scored just four goals and 23 points last season for the Hitmen, but that mix of size, skating ability, and defensive awareness still make him an attractive prospect.
The Predators obviously believe in him, signing him quickly to an entry-level deal. The next step for Prokop isn’t clear as the WHL hasn’t started yet, but perhaps Nashville will bring him to training camp just to get him on the ice and comfortable with the organization.