The Predators announced today that the team has signed defenseman Josh Healey to a one-year, two-way contract for the remainder of the 2020-21 season worth $700,000 at the NHL level and $65,000 at the AHL level. Healey has been assigned to Chicago (AHL).
Healey has skated in 20 games for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves this season, posting two points (1g-1a), a +1 rating and 36 penalty minutes. It’s his fourth full professional campaign and second as a member of a Predators developmental affiliate – he competed in 30 games for the Milwaukee Admirals in 2019-20, recording three assists and a team-high 72 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 201-pound blueliner began his pro career in 2016-17 with the Stockton Heat, appearing in two games, and went on to skate in 50 the next season, before establishing career highs in games played (55), assists (10) and points (11) with Stockton in 2018-19.
Undrafted, the Edmonton, Alta., native spent four years at Ohio State University from 2013-17, notching 60 points (12g-48a) and 212 penalty minutes in 133 games while serving as an alternate captain during his senior campaign. He helped lead the Buckeyes to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017 and was named to the Big Ten’s First All-Star Team as a junior in 2015-16 after posting 21 points (5g-16a) in 33 games. Prior to enrolling at Ohio State, Healey played two seasons in the AJHL for Sherwood Park, being named the league’s most outstanding defensemen in 2012-13.