The NHL Free Agency period started with a flurry and has calmed. With the month ending, we rank our top 10 all-time Nashville Predators’ signings.
July is like Christmas to hockey fans. It’s when free agency begins, and the rumors become real. The Nashville Predators have a history of making a splash. Some for good, some for naught. But it goes to show, you never know what David Poile has up his sleeve. Here’s a look back on some of the most memorable free agent signings.
Number Ten: Frédérick Gaudreau
Starting off this list is one of the more recent free agent signings. On January 25, 2016, the Nashville Predators signed Frederick Gaudreau to a two-year deal. He’ll go down in history as the second player in the NHL to score his first three goals in the Stanley Cup Final. With another 20 games under his belt last year, he’s still yet to score his first regular season goal.
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Gaudreau went undrafted in 2014, but later signed with the Milwaukee Admirals. He signed on for another year with Milwaukee in 2015 and tallied 15 goals and 42 points. That’s when Nashville took notice. After signing his contract with the Predators, he continued to play mostly in the minors. He improved his numbers finishing with 25 goals and 48 points.
Nashville Predators fans love Gaudreau for his heroics in the Stanley Cup Final, donning him “Freddy Hockey”. He’s done everything he can to earn playing time and a real locker. Here’s to more ice time for a promising player and a spot-on signing.