Friday afternoon, the Nashville Predators announced the signing of defender Ben Harpur to a one-year, two-way contract for the upcoming 2020-21 season ($700,000 NHL/$225,000 AHL). Harpur was acquired in a February 22 trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization in an AHL-swap for longtime (and now former) Nashville Predator Miikka Salomäki, playing in seven games for the Milwaukee Admirals before the season was halted.
Harpur is a former fourth-round draft pick, and was in the Ottawa Senators organization until 2019, when he was sent to the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs. He appeared in 34 games for the Marlies, registering one goal and ten assists, and registered only a single point in his seven-game stint with the Admirals.
It is highly likely this is a move meant only to bolster the depth on the blue line for the Admirals, as Harpur’s 103-game NHL career resulted in only a single goal and seven assists.
Stay tuned as always for a more detailed breakdown of Ben Harpur and his likely impact on the AHL level.