Nashville, Tenn. (May 1, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has signed forward Mathieu Olivier to a two-year, entry-level contract for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.
Olivier, 22 (2/11/97), tallied four goals and 12 points in 54 games with the Miwaukee Admirals in 2018-19, his first professional season. He led the Ads and tied for sixth among AHL rookies in penalty minutes with 91; among Milwaukee rookies he sat second in points (12) and shots (56). The 6-foot-1, 215-pound right wing also tied for the AHL lead in fights with nine, the most by a rookie this season. He scored the game-winning goal in Game 3 of Milwaukee's first round series vs. Iowa - the team's first playoff win since 2013 - and had 16 penalty minutes in five Calder Cup Playoff contests.
Never drafted, Olivier spent five seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2013-18, tallying 130 points (59g-71a) and 390 penalty minutes in 300 career games with Moncton, Shawinigan and Sherbrooke. He served as an alternate captain and posted 27 goals, 22 assists and 49 points in 2017-18 with Sherbrooke, all career highs. The Lewis, Que., native is a veteran of 50 career QMJHL playoff games and helped lead Shawinigan to the President's Cup Final in 2016, where it fell to Rouyn-Noranda.