The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Roman Josi to a seven-year, $28 million contract.
Josi began playing professionally with Bern in 2006. Considered one of the best prospects to ever come out of Switzerland, he was selected by the Nashville Predators in the second round, 38th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Josi was selected to play for the Switzerland national team at the 2010 Winter Olympics, a group that turned out to be very surprising during the tournament. He had previously represented Switzerland at the 2007 and 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships, the 2007, 2008, and 2009 IIHF World U20 Championship, and the 2009 World Championships.
Josi posted 18 points while appearing in all 48 of Nashville’s games in 2012-13, and while that may not seem like a lot for a defenseman on a seven year extension, he is worth it. Playing alongside Shea Weber, Josi has the ability to transition into a fantastic young defenseman, and he will only be 30 when the deal is completed. He was elected the MVP at the 2013 Hockey World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden after helping the Swiss make it all the way to the finals, losing to the hosts when it counted the most (hey look, I rhymed).
Since November 2011, the Predators have signed goaltender Pekka Rinne (7 years), Weber (14 years) and now Josi to long-term contracts. With Patric Hornqvist on the hook with a five year pact, the Predators are surely on their way towards creating a talented team for the future. Their fourth round pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft is going to help a prospect crop that already has Austin Watson, Filip Forsberg, Pontus Aberg, Mattias Ekholm and more in the pipeline.
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