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Preds Sign Ryan Johansen to Eight-Year, $64 Million Contract

Center Co-Led Predators in Points in 2016-17; Signs Biggest Deal Given Out in Predators History

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 28, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the Predators have signed center Ryan Johansen to an eight-year, $64 million contract that will pay him an average of $8 million annually through the 2024-25 season.

Johansen, 24 (7/31/92), co-led the Predators in scoring during the 2016-17 campaign with 61 points while appearing in all 82 games, recording 14 goals and 47 assists. His 47 assists during the most recent campaign set a career high. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound native of Vancouver, British Columbia then added three goals and 13 points in 14 games during Nashville's postseason run before being sidelined in the Western Conference Final due to injury. 

Johansen also set a career high in the face-off circle in 2016-17, winning 54.55 percent of his draws during the regular season before taking 54.28 of his faceoffs in the playoffs.

Acquired by the Predators on Jan. 6, 2016 from Columbus, Johansen has appeared in 124 regular-season games with Nashville, tallying 22 goals, 73 assists and 95 points during that span. Johansen has also amassed seven goals, 14 assists and 21 points in 28 postseason contests with Nashville. Johansen has appeared in all 82 games in three of the last four seasons, has totaled 60 or more points in four consecutive seasons, and at least 45 assists in each of the last three campaigns.

Johansen appeared in the 2015 All-Star Game and set a career-high 71 points during the 2014-15 season. The fourth overall selection in the 2010 Entry Draft, Johansen earned a silver medal and a spot on the tournament all-star team at the 2011 World Junior Championship after posting nine points (3g-6a) in seven games, and was a 2011 WHL First Team All-Star after recording 92 points (40g-52a) in 63 regular-season WHL games, and a league-best 28 points (13g-15a) in 21 postseason contests in his second and final campaign with the Portland Winterhawks.

He is on Twitter @RyanJohansen19.

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