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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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