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Preds lock up WHL scoring co-leader Brendan Leipsic

May 23, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

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The Nashville Predators signed Brendan Leipsic to a three-year entry-level contract on Thursday.

Leipsic, 19, tied for the WHL lead in scoring with 120 points (his Portland Winterhawks teammate Nicolas Petan shared the honors). The Predators made him their third-round pick (89th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

If those numbers don’t move you, Predators GM David Poile told the Winnipeg Free Press that his game compares to a Brad Marchand … and that was before his breakout season.

“He’s a little bit (Jordin) Tootooish, a little bit Brad Marchand. I’m sure that the best description would be that he’s not fun to play against, probably the opposition doesn’t like him too much,” Poile said. “This is the guy you love but they hate. Not big in stature but plays really tough.”

Knowing the Preds system, it will probably take him some time to make a Marchand-type impact.

(Photo via the WHL.)

  1. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - May 23, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    He’s 19? Man, puberty is apparently in no hurry for this poor kid.

    Of course, as long as he can play people will forget about his baby face very quickly.

    • jernster21 - May 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      The WHL isn’t exactly AAA hockey. 120 points is insane. That’s not going to directly transfer over to the pros – the Avs picked up Michael Sgarbossa in a trade with the Sharks who had 102 points, leading the OHL and isn’t the biggest guy but I could see him making a pretty big impact in the future when paired with skilled players on the wings.

  2. JoeAvg - May 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Doesn’t seem like he has the nose to be like Marchand. Got a profile pic?

    • jernster21 - May 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Based on the picture he looks like he’s wearing football shoulder pads, not hockey shoulder pads. Gotta love the kids that come into this league – I was freakin’ clueless at 18 and starting college – can’t imagine being 18, playing hockey for a living and making a crap ton of money while doing it.

      • JoeAvg - May 23, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        Well, they don’t really make the big money till they crack the NHL. The minors don’t pay much.

        Up on housing project hill, it’s either fortune or fame.
        You must pick one or the other though neither of them are to be what they claim.

    • jernster21 - May 24, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Yeah I know – I was mostly talking about him signing his NHL Entry Level Contract.

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