The Predators have re-signed RFA Pontus Aberg to a two-year, $1.3 million contract which will net Aberg $650,000 for both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
From the Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (July 17, 2017) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Pontus Aberg to a two-year, $1.3 million contract. The deal will see Aberg make $650,000 in both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
Aberg, 23 (9/23/93), made his NHL debut during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs and skated in two games for the Predators against San Jose in their Second Round matchup. The native of Stockholm, Sweden, made his regular season debut on Nov. 8, 2016, and appeared in 15 games last season, scoring one goal and adding an assist. Aberg then skated in 16 more postseason contests as he recorded five points (2g-3a) for the Predators in their run to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.
Selected 37th overall by Nashville in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft, Aberg spent a majority of three seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL from 2014-17. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound winger saw his goal and point totals increase in each of this three seasons, finishing with 31 goals and 52 points during the 2016-17 campaign for the Admirals.
Aberg was a finalist for the 2012 Swedish Elite League Rookie of the Year with Djurgarden. He is on Twitter @PontusAberg.
This is a great deal for the Predators. Aberg certainly showed flashes of talent late in the season last year, especially with this incredible goal:
Aberg is potentially a 20 goal scorer next year, if he has the right linemates. For $650K, this is a steal.
Also, this is the second signing in as many days for the Predators. Might we have more on the way?