Patric Hornqvist signed a new three-year contract worth $9.25 million with the Nashville Predators, GM David Poile announced Tuesday.
Hornqvist, 23, last season became the first player ever drafted by Nashville to score 30 goals for the club, leading the Predators and registering the fourth-highest total in franchise history. He also tied a franchise record and tied for second in the NHL in game-winning goals (8) and led the club in power-play goals (10). Hornqvist tied for the team lead in points (51) and set a franchise record for shots in a season (275).
A native of Sweden, Hornqvist experienced a 28-goal increase from 2008-09, making him just the second player in the last nine seasons to experience such an increase (minimum 20 games in the first season). He also posted five multi-goal games, tied for the third-highest single-season total in franchise history and paced all Nashville skaters in plus/minus rating (plus-18).
A former seventh-round draft choice (No. 230) in 2005, Hornqvist is the ninth of 43 players selected with the final pick of an entry draft (modern era, since 1969) to go on to play in the NHL. He is one of only three players picked last overall to play at least 100 NHL games and score at least 20 goals. Hornqvist also skated in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, playing in all four games for Sweden.