The man who came to pre-season camp without a deal in place with the hopes of earning a one-way contract has pulled it off. Taylor Beck has just signed a one-year one-way contract with the Nashville Predators. The deal is worth $550,000.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (September 30, 2014) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free-agent forward Taylor Beck to a one-year, $550,000 contract.
Beck, 23 (5/13/91), has 23 career NHL games with Nashville to his credit over the past two seasons, amassing seven points (3g-4a). The 6-2, 206-pound right wing led the 2013-14 Milwaukee Admirals in assists (32) and power-play points (7g-16a-23pts), ranked second on the team in points (49), and fourth in goals (17). The St. Catharines, Ontario native also paced the Admirals in points during the 2012-13 season despite appearing in only 50 of the team’s 76 games (11g-30a-41pts), and ranked among the Top 20 AHL rookies in goals and points in 2011-12 (16g-24a-40pts).
Nashville’s fourth choice, 70th overall (third round), in the 2009 Entry Draft, Beck played 246 games for the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm from 2007-11, amassing 267 points (110g-157a). He ranked seventh in the OHL in points (95) and assists (53), and eighth in goals (42) in 2010-11, and won the 2010 Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the OHL’s top scoring right wing after tying for fourth in the OHL in points (39g-54a-93pts) in 2009-10. You can follow him on Twitter @taybeckone9.
This deal comes after Beck’s best season as a professional. He may not have managed to get much time topside in the NHL last season, playing in only 7 games, but his AHL production saw his best numbers to date: 49 points (17 goals, 32 assists) in 65 games. He was one of the most consistent and reliable Admirals forwards last season. Whether he was being tasked with being on the power-play, penalty kill, or even double shifting for an entire night with the team dressing an extra defenseman. With a one-way contract signed – he now has his chance to make that same impression at the NHL level.
Thoughts on Taylor Beck? Has he earned an NHL contract? What can he achieve for the Nashville Predators this season? Will he log a decent amount of games or be scratched out of the lineup a fair amount? What does his signing mean for Filip Forsberg?