The Nashville Predators have signed junior winger Taylor Beck to an entry-level contract. As with other prospects, the contract doesn't actually "kick in" until he starts his pro career. As a forward with legitimate NHL size who plays a physical game, Beck really came into his own last season, roughly doubling his offensive production with 39 goals and 54 assists in 61 games, best among all OHL right wingers. I believe he's still not eligible to go to Milwaukee as a 19-year-old (just like Ryan Ellis), so one more season of junior is likely this year.
Be sure to check out the interview I conducted with Taylor back in January, as he was playing some of his best hockey of the season for the OHL's Guelph Storm. Both he and teammate Michael Latta represented the Nashville organization well.
Follow after the jump for the team's press release, and a highlight video from a couple years ago...
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward and 2009 draft pick Taylor Beck to a three-year entry-level contract.
Beck, 19 (5/13/91), was the winner of the 2010 Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the Ontario Hockey League's top scoring right wing after tying for fourth in the OHL in points (39g-54a-93pts) with the Guelph Storm in 2009-10. The 6-2, 205-pound forward also ranked ninth in the OHL in goals and 10th in assists last season while tying for sixth among 2009-10 OHL skaters in power-play goals (16). The St. Catharines, Ontario native was named a 2009-10 OHL Second-Team All-Star and was Guelph's nominee for the 2009-10 Red Tilson Trophy given to the OHL's Most Outstanding Player.
Nashville's fourth choice, 70th overall (third round), in the 2009 Entry Draft, Beck is expected to report to Predators' training camp along with other rookies on September 13.