The Nashville Predators inked their 2012 sixth-round pick to a three-year entry-level contract.
Forward Max Gortz was signed to the deal after putting up solid numbers in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). The 21-year-old is a force in front of the net and has shown the ability to chip in consistently on offense. He’ll begin this fall with the Milwaukee Admirals (American Hockey League) as he works to adjust to the North American style of play and rink size.
Here’s how Hockey’s Future describes Gortz:
“Gortz is a big-bodied winger who has good puck protection down low. The two-way winger is hard to contain in the dirty areas of the ice and likes to shoot the puck. He has a solid defensive game due to his sound skating abilities and good positioned in his own end of the rink. The versatile winger played center growing up but has adjusted to the winger position quickly and improved offensive this past year. The late round pick has raw talent and a physical style that fits the North American game, but he will need time to develop and improve his overall offensive game to play at the NHL level.”
Below is the Predators official press release on the signing:
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed 2012 sixth-round pick Max Gortz (MAX GOHRTS) to a three-year entry-level contract.
Gortz, 21 (1/28/93), started the 2013-14 season with Farjestad (SHL), before transferring to Frolunda (SHL) on Dec. 9, 2013. The Hoor, Sweden native led Frolunda – and tied for third among all skaters in the 2014 SHL Quarterfinals – in points (5) and goals (3). The 6-3, 200-pound right winger has 70 points (37g-33a) in 106 career Swedish junior league games with Malmo and Farjestad, and 30 points (19g-11a) in 108 SHL games with Farjestad and Frolunda, while posting seven points (3g-4a) in 18 career SHL postseason contests, and 14 points (8g-6a) in 15 career Swedish junior league playoff games.
Nashville’s eighth choice, 172nd overall (sixth round), in the 2012 Entry Draft, Gortz helped Sweden win the 2012 Under-20 Four-Nations Tournament, tying for the team lead in points (1g-2a-3pts), and earned a bronze medal at the 2010 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge. He is on Twitter @maxgrtz.