Predators Sign Jonas Andersson
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Jonas Andersson to a one-year contract.
Andersson was one of Sweden’s top players at last month’s World Championships in Germany, tying for second among all skaters in goals (6) and tying for the team lead in points (6g-0a) while earning a bronze medal. The 6-3, 212-pound right wing posted 20 points (7g-13a) in 30 games during his first season in the Kontinental Hockey League with Dynamo Minsk in 2009-10 after spending the previous four campaigns in the Finnish Elite League (2005-09). In 2008-09 with Karpat Oulu, he tied for second in the Finnish League in goals (24) and shorthanded markers (3), while ranking fourth in the league in points (57), en route to being named a 2009 First-Team SM-Liiga All-Star. He led Karpat to the Finnish League final in 2008-09, and helped the club win its fifth league title in 2007-08.
Selected 33rd overall (second round) in Nashville’s second Entry Draft in 1999 – the same draft that saw Martin Erat welcomed to the organization – the Stockholm, Sweden native last played in North America during the 2002-03 campaign when he posted 11 points (7g-4a) in 49 games with Milwaukee (AHL) before missing the second-half of the season, and all of the 2003-04 campaign due to injury. He has seen action in five National Hockey League games – all with Nashville during the 2001-02 season – making his debut with the club on March 19, 2002 at St. Louis.