Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced that the club signed forward Frederick Gaudreau to a three-year contract.
Gaudreau, 24 (5/1/93), made his NHL debut on Oct. 22, 2016, and skated in nine regular-season contests for the Predators in 2016-17, recording one assist. The Bromont, Quebec, native then appeared in eight postseason outings for Nashville, beginning in the Western Conference Final against Anaheim and continuing into the Stanley Cup Final versus Pittsburgh where he scored three goals in the first four games of the Final.
Undrafted, Gaudreau originally signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Predators on Jan. 5, 2016, after entering the organization in 2014-15, splitting time with Cincinnati of the ECHL and Milwaukee of the AHL. The 6-foot, 179-pound forward posted 25 goals and 48 points in 66 games with the Admirals in 2016-17 before he was recalled to Nashville for the postseason run.
Gaudreau enjoyed a three-season stint in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League which saw him amass 134 points (50g-84a) in 195 games with Shawinigan and Drummondville, winning the 2012 Memorial Cup with the Cataractes and earning the 2014 Frank J. Selke Trophy as the QMJHL’s most sportsmanlike player with the Voltigeurs.
He was named a 2016 AHL All-Star and earned AHL Player of the Week Honors for the week ending Feb. 5, 2017.