The Nashville Predators have announced that they have signed Winterhawks forward Brendan Leipsic to a three-year entry level contract. Leipsic was drafted by the Predators in the third round, 89th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Leipsic shared the league lead in scoring this season with linemate Nic Petan with 120 points each, as they won the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL’s leading scorers. Leipsic’s 49 goals also led the league, and he went on to add 24 points in 21 playoff games, helping lead the Winterhawks to the WHL Championship. He has one goal and one assist for two points through three games at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. Leipsic was also named to the WHL's Second All-Star Team.
In 201 regular season games over three seasons, Leipsic has career totals of 93 goals and 118 assists for 211 points.
“Brendan has steadily improved every season and become one of our cornerstone players,” said Winterhawks Acting Head Coach Travis Green. “Signing an entry level contract is a big first step towards a professional career, and we’re excited for Brendan and his family.”
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