The Nashville Predators have signed their 2010 3rd-round draft pick to his entry-level contract:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Taylor Aronson (TAY-luhr AIHR-uhn-suhn), the club's second choice (third round, 78th overall) in the 2010 Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.
Aronson, who turns 19 on Thursday (12/30/91), has posted 18 points (3g-15a) and 38 penalty minutes in 37 games during his second Western Hockey League season with the Portland Winterhawks in 2010-11. The Placentia, Calif., native is also tied for fifth among WHL blueliners, and tied for eighth among all skaters in plus/minus rating (+18). In his first junior season in 2009-10, Aronson ranked sixth among WHL rookie defensemen in points (5g-25a) in addition to tying for fourth among first-year blueliners in assists, and fifth in goals. Aronson also amassed nine points (2g-7a) in 11 games during the 2010 WHL Playoffs, good for seventh among League rookies, despite the Hawks being eliminated in the second round.
The 6-1, 197-pound blueliner is characterized as a mobile, puck-moving defenseman who has great vision and is very cool and calm with the puck.
Taylor still has a long developmental road ahead before he makes it to the NHL, but we could see him in Milwaukee next fall.
Head over to Preds On The Glass for some video of his draft-day Q&A with the assembled media.