Preds Ink Pair of Forwards
Milwaukee, WI—Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Trevor Smith to a two-year, two-way contract and forward Harry Zolnierczyk to a one-year contract two-way contract.
Smith helped Bern win the Swiss League title in 2015-16, posting five points (3g-2a) in 17 games. Prior to his one-season stint in Europe, the 6-foot-1, 192-pound Ottawa native played 106 NHL games, posting 20 points (9g-11a), and 453 AHL games, amassing 346 points (153g-193a) for the New York Islanders (2006-10), Anaheim Ducks (2010-11), Columbus Blue Jackets (2010-11), Tampa Bay Lightning (2011-12), Pittsburgh Penguins (2012-13), and Toronto Maple Leafs (2013-15). He served as captain of the AHL's Toronto Marlies in 2013-14 and 2014-15, and is a 2012 Calder Cup Champion with the Norfolk Admirals, tying for the postseason lead in points (5g-11a) after ranking among the AHL’s Top 10 in points (69) and assists (43) in 2011-12, earning him a spot in the AHL All-Star Classic.
Undrafted, Smith spent two seasons at the University of New Hampshire from 2005-07, posting 63 points (31g-32a) in 77 games. In 2006-07, he was a Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-Hockey East.
Zolnierczyk has appeared in 60 NHL contests with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, the New York Islanders and Anaheim since the 2011-12 season, notching nine points (5g-4a) and 257 AHL games with Adirondack, Norfolk, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Bridgeport and San Diego since 2010-11, amassing 134 points (64g-70a). The 5-foot-11, 181-pound native of Toronto posted back-to-back 18-goal seasons in the American Hockey League in 2013-14 and 2014-15, and helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reach the 2014 Eastern Conference Final, posting 10 points (3g-7a) in 17 games.
Never drafted, Zolnierczyk turned professional after a four-year career at Brown University, where he posted 69 points (29g-31a) in 114 games from 2007-11. As a senior, he captained the Bears and was named 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year after posting 31 points (16g-15a) in 30 games.
The Admirals will open up the home portion of their 2016-17 season on Saturday, October 29th at the UWM Panther Arena. The remainder of the schedule will be released later this summer.