Preds Claim Forward Brandon Yip Off Waivers
Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 12:14 PM / News
By Press Release - Nashville Predators
|The Brandon Yip acquisition is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Preds. Yip has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons, but was a big-time scorer at the NCAA level for Boston University and has shown the ability to score in spurts at the NHL level --- he had 11 goals in 32 games as a rookie in '09-10. And there is a strong "familiarity factor" with Yip; he was teammates with Colin Wilson at BU and grew up playing hockey with Shea Weber in British Columbia youth hockey leagues. Yip and Weber have also played summer hockey together at various steps of their development.
Beyond Colin Wilson, the Preds have a strong relationship with the BU program. Assistant GM Paul Fenton was a star at BU from '78-82 and Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty was a standout at BU in the '90s. Both have close relationships with legendary coach Jack Parker, so not only does Yip appear to be a good on-ice fit for the Preds, but the organization has good idea of his abilities to fit into the locker room culture as well.
--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com
Yip, 26 (4/25/85), has 41 points (23g-18a) in 113 career NHL contests, all with Colorado, since the 2009-10 campaign. The Vancouver, B.C., native has been limited to 10 games in 2011-12 – going pointless – due to arm (missed 18 games from Oct. 8-Nov. 15) and groin (missed four games from Dec. 13-19) injuries. The 6-1, 195-pound right wing amassed 108 points (45g-63a) in 139 games with Boston University from 2005-09, helping the Terriers win the 2009 NCAA National Championship on a team that also included current Predator Colin Wilson.
Colorado’s seventh selection, 239th overall (eighth round), in the 2004 Entry Draft, Yip is on a one-way contract worth $750,000.