The Nashville Predators have signed Zach Budish to an entry level contract.
Nashville’s second pick (41st overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft, Budish has spent the past few seasons in the NCAA. In 40 games with the Gophers this season, Budish had 14 goals and 22 assists for 36 points on the season, the best numbers of his junior career. Last season, Budish was plus-20 and scored 12 goals with 23 assists and had 43 penalty minutes in 43 games for the first-place Gophers. After having lost to North Dakota in the WCHA tournament, Minnesota defeated the Fighting Sioux in the NCAA West Regional Final to reach the Frozen Four.
He hasn’t been the offensive power forward that the Predators were hoping he would become although his size and style of play suits him better as a third line power forward. At nearly 6’3″, he certainly has size, and is also known to be a powerful skater who has remarkably good top speed.
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