One of this season’s truly great stories just got even better. The Nashville Predators have announced that they have signed Frédérick Gaudreau to a two-year entry level contract.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (January 5, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Frederick Gaudreau to a two-year entry-level contract.
Gaudreau, 22 (5/1/93), leads Nashville’s primary developmental affiliate, the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals, in points (9g-15a-24pts) and assists, helping the club to the top of the Central Division and Western Conference. The 6-0, 192-pound native of Bromont, Que., is also tied for sixth in AHL power-play goals (6) and 10th in power-play assists (9). The 2015-16 campaign is Gaudreau’s first full season at the AHL level after splitting 2014-15 between the Admirals and the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones.
Undrafted, Gaudreau entered the Predators organization after a three-season career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League which saw him amass 134 points (50g-84a) in 195 games with Shawinigan and Drummundville, winning the 2012 Memorial Cup with the Cataractes and earning the 2014 Frank J. Selke Trophy as the QMJHL’s most sportsmanlike player with the Voltigeurs.
Gaudreau was an undrafted free agent signing by the Milwaukee Admirals in the summer of 2014. He split some time between the AHL and ECHL last season to earn another AHL contract this past summer but it is his 2015-16 season that has helped him to officially landed pen to paper on his first ever NHL contract.
This season Gaudreau has produced a team leading 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 34 games for the Admirals. He has already surpassed last season’s overall total of 18 points (9 goals, 9 assist) from 57 games between the AHL and ECHL. Much of his production this season came with Colton Sissons move up to the Nashville Predators and Gaudreau forcing himself into the captain’s roles. His success speaks for itself. And his success clearly caught the attention of the Nashville brass.