Preds Sign Jonas Andersson to 1-Year Deal
Thursday, 07.1.2010 / 1:51 PM CT / News
By Press Release - Nashville Predators
- 1999 pick expected to play his first North American season in more than seven years -
|A former second round pick by Nashville back in the ’99 Draft, the 29-year old has developed into a well-rounded two-way forward. At 6’3 and over 200 pounds Andresson has a big body to create space along the boards or in front of the net. His offense was evident at this year’s World Championships where his six goals ranked second in the tournament, tied with Pavel Datsyuk and just one behind John Tavares. But Andersson is also a solid defensive forward with a reputation as one of the top shot blockers in Europe. The Preds envision him as a solid role-playing forward with some similar traits as Jerred Smithson and Joel Ward.
“He’s big, can really skate, and his scoring has really improved,” Predators GM David Poile said. “I think he’s definitely going to be one of our penalty killers. He blocks shots – that’s an area we need some improvement in. This can be one of those signings that maybe goes under the radar, but I think Jonas Andersson can be a big help to the Predators next year.”
-Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com
Andersson, 29 (2/24/81), 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.