The Nashville Predators have announced that forward Emil Pettersson has signed a two-year entry level contract with the organization. Pettersson was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Predators and will be making the leap from Sweden to North America in the 2017-18 season.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, TN – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile today announced that the club has signed forward Emil Pettersson (eh-MIHL PEH-tuhr-suhn) to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Pettersson, 23 (1/14/94), finished ninth in the Swedish Hockey League in points (15g-23a-38pts) while splitting the 2016-17 season between Skelleftea and Vaxjo. The 6-foot-2, 164-pound center has spent the past four seasons in Sweden’s senior leagues, first in the second division with Timra, then at the elite level with Modo, Skelleftea and Vaxjo.
Nashville’s seventh choice, 155th overall (sixth round), in the 2013 Entry Draft, Pettersson is expected to play the 2017-18 season with the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals.
That last sentence is an exciting one given how Swedish forwards have done in the pipeline in recent years with the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL. Pettersson has spent the last two seasons at the top flight of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for the likes of MODO Hockey, Skellefteå AIK, and Växjö Lakers HC. He moved mid-season from Skellefteå to Växjö and managed to really surge offensively. In total, his 2016-17 season with both clubs saw him amass 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) in 51 games. He also produced 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in 6 playoff games with Växjö.
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