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Nashville Predators claim Brandon Yip off waivers, activate Jerred Smithson from Injured Reserve

The following just came across from the Nashville Predators:

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club claimed forward Brandon Yip on waivers from the Colorado Avalanche and activated forward Jerred Smithson from injured reserve.

Yip, 26 (4/25/85), has 41 points (23g-18a) in 113 career NHL contests, all with Colorado, since the 2009-10 campaign. The Vancouver, B.C., native has been limited to 10 games in 2011-12 - going pointless - due to arm (missed 18 games from Oct. 8-Nov. 15) and groin (missed four games from Dec. 13-19) injuries. The 6-1, 195-pound right wing amassed 108 points (45g-63a) in 139 games with Boston University from 2005-09, helping the Terriers win the 2009 NCAA National Championship on a team that also included current Predator Colin Wilson.

Colorado's seventh selection, 239th overall (eighth round), in the 2004 Entry Draft, Yip is on a one-way contract worth $750,000.

Brandon Yip

#18 / Right Wing



Apr 25, 1985

2011 - Brandon Yip 10 0 0 0 1 8 0 0 0 12 0

After the jump, a bit of a scouting report on your newest Predator...

Over at SB Nation's Colorado Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey, here's what they had to say yesterday when Yip went on waivers:

After a promising rookie season in which he scored 19 points (11g, 8a) in 32 games, Yip has struggled to provide reliable, solid offense for the Avs ever since. He had a disappointing season last year, only hitting the back of the net 12 times and helping out on 10 others over 71 games. For those who are bad at math, that's only 3 more points in over twice as many games.

This year has not fared any better for the forward. He has been a healthy scratch in all but 10 games this season, and he has scored no goals and had no assists.

And here's the scouting report from his profile page:

  • Skates well and provides a ton of energy. Has scoring ability; he likes to shoot the puck, but also plays well without it.
  • Must continue to get physically stronger. Needs to play a more consistent, disciplined game and avoid injuries.
Career Potential
  • Inconsistent, yet versatile winger with energy.

Where do you see a guy like this fitting in the lineup? Is this a 4th-line "grit" player in the Halischuk mold? It would seem like the Preds are already well-stocked with such players, so we'll see if perhaps this is the prelude to another move.