Nashville, Tenn. (April 14, 2009) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Hugh Jessiman to a one year, two-way contract worth $500,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level.
Jessiman, 25 (3/28/84) was acquired from the New York Rangers for future considerations on Oct. 30, 2008, and proceeded to post 27 points, including an AHL career-high 20 goals, in 63 games with Milwaukee. His goal total and power-play goal total (9) both ranked second on the Western Division Champion Admirals.
The Rangers’ first pick (12th overall) in the 2003 Entry Draft held at the Sommet Center, Jessiman has amassed 101 points (52g-49a) in 235 career AHL games with Hartford and Milwaukee since 2005-06. The 6-6, 231-pound right wing played three seasons at Dartmouth (ECAC) before turning pro, notching 82 points (40g-42a) in 82 games. In 2002-03, the New York, N.Y., native led the nation in rookie scoring with 47 points (23g-24a) in 34 games.
Jessiman and the rest of the Milwaukee Admirals kick-off the 2009 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs on Thursday at 7 p.m. when they host the Rockford IceHogs in Game One of their West Division Semifinals best-of-seven series.