PREDATORS SIGN FORWARD ANDREAS THURESSON TO A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
Nashville, Tenn. (June 28, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Andreas Thuresson (an-DRAY-uhs TUHR-eh-suhn) to a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.
Thuresson, 22 (11/18/87), played 22 games with the Predators, and 50 games with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) in 2009-10. He posted three points (1g-2a) as a rookie, made his NHL debut Oct. 31, 2009 vs. Dallas and notched his first NHL goal in a 2-1 overtime victory on Dec. 31, 2009 at Columbus. The Kristianstad, Sweden native also amassed 33 points (14g-19a) with the Admirals, equaling his 2008-09 goal output in 24 fewer games. Thuresson also led Milwaukee in 2010 Calder Cup Playoff scoring (2g-7a-9pts) and tied for the playoff team lead in assists and penalty minutes (16).
The 6-1, 212-pound right wing was Nashville's seventh choice, 144th overall (fifth round), in 2007 Entry Draft.
I like Thuresson. Was youngest player in AHL just a few seasons ago. Gives it his all on every shift and can play at both ends of the rink. Had a very good debut last season. Look forward to seeing his continued growth next year. Probably still a season away from competing for a full-time NHL role. Glad to have him back in the fold...
RFA's are exactly what you would expect- qualified everyone except Boyd, Grebs and Olvecky. I guess I'm surprised that Diedrich was qualified but Horny, Mi. Santorelli, Franson Parent Laakso and Dekanich all would make sense.