Predators Sign Forward Nick Spaling
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Nick Spaling to an entry-level contract.
Spaling, 19 (9/19/88), was an integral part of the Kitchener Rangers run to the 2008 OHL title and the Memorial Cup Finals. The Palmerston, Ont., native tied for second in assists (6) and third in points (8) at the Memorial Cup, in addition to ranking third in goals (14) and fifth in points (30) during the 2008 OHL playoffs. Despite missing six weeks during the 2007-08 regular season due to illness, Spaling finished second on the Rangers in goals (38) and third in points (72) in 56 games. He also represented Kitchener and notched a goal at the 2008 OHL All-Star Classic.
The 6-1, 185-pound center was Nashville’s third choice, 58th overall (second round) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He will be present at Nashville’s training camp when it opens Sept. 19, and is expected to spend the 2008-09 season with Milwaukee (AHL).