The Nashville Predators have officially added to their growing stable of offensively gifted forward prospects with the signing of Brendan Leipsic to his entry level contract.
After leading all of junior hockey in scoring this season, Leipsic appears ready to take his talents to Milwaukee next season.
UPDATE: My apologies for the error, it looks like he does have one more year of junior eligibility left, and since he isn't going to be 20 this year, he's got one more season of "junior hockey or NHL" to go, so Milwaukee's off the table.
As always, it will be interesting to see how well phenomenal success at the junior hockey level translates to the pro game. In the meantime, here's a look at goal Leipsic (#28) scored yesterday in the Memorial Cup:
From the Preds:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed 2012 third-round draft pick Brendan Leipsic (BREHN-duhn LIGHP-sihk) to a three-year entry-level contract.
Leipsic, 19 (5/19/94), was co-recipient of the 2013 Bob Clarke Trophy as Western Hockey League scoring champion after posting 120 points (49g-71a) in 68 games as Portland won the Scotty Munro Trophy as regular-season champions. He also finished first in WHL goals, second in assists and tied for fourth in plus/minus rating (+55) in 2012-13, being named a Second-Team WHL Western Conference All-Star. The 5-9, 167-pound left wing then posted the WHL playoffs' fourth-most points (10g-14a-24pts) in Portland's run to the Ed Chynoweth Cup as league champions. Leipsic and the Winterhawks are currently competing in the 2013 Memorial Cup, with their next game coming Friday in the tournament's semifinals.
Nashville's fourth choice, 89th overall (third round), in the 2012 Entry Draft has amassed 211 points (93g-118a), 235 penalty minutes, and a +84 rating in 201 games with Portland since 2010. The Winnipeg, Man., native is on Twitter @Leip28.