Nashville Inks Forwards Maki, Guite

Milwaukee, WI–Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forwards Ben Guite and Ryan Maki.

Maki posted 25 points (12g-13a) in his second professional season with Milwaukee in 2008-09, scoring 10 more goals (12) and racking up 10 more assists (13) than as a rookie in 2007-08. The Medford, N.J., native led the 2008-09 Admirals in plus/minus rating (+14), and appeared in all 11 of the club’s Calder Cup Playoff games.

Nashville's fifth choice, 176th overall (sixth round), in 2005 Entry Draft, the 6-2, 202-pound right wing was also the Admiral’s nominee for the AHL’s 2008-09 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award for his work in the Milwaukee community.

Guite has played 168 games with Colorado over the past three seasons, registering 45 points (19g-26a) and 93 penalty minutes. In 2008-09, the 6-1, 211-pound center paced all Avalanche skaters in plus/minus rating (+2), and ranked second among Avalanche forwards in both average shorthanded ice time (2:21) and face-off efficiency (51.5%). The Montreal, Que., native posted career highs in games played (79), goals (11), assists (11) and points (22) two seasons ago, in addition to dressing in all 10 of Colorado’s 2008 playoff contests. Guite’s first and only NHL game outside the Avalanche organization came with Boston in 2005-06.

Montreal’s eighth choice, 172nd overall (seventh round), in the 1997 Entry Draft, Guite played four seasons at the University of Maine from 1996-2000, winning a National Championships with the Black Bears in 1999.

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