Nashville, Tenn. (July 1, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has signed defenseman Yannick Weber to a one-year, $575,000 contract.
Weber, 27 (9/23/88), has spent the past two seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, posting seven assists in 45 games in 2015-16, and 21 points (11g-10a) in 65 games in 2014-15. Since 2008-09, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound blueliner has posted 70 points (22g-48a) in 274 NHL games with Montreal and Vancouver, and 95 points (33g-62a) in 155 AHL games with Hamilton and Utica. The Morges, Switzerland, native played in the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic and was named to the 2009 AHL All-Rookie Team after ranking second among all defensemen in goals (16) and eighth in points (44).
Montreal’s fifth choice, 73rd overall (third round), in the 2007 NHL Draft has extensive international playing experience – many of which came as Roman Josi’s defensive partner – including the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, three World Championships, three World Junior Championships, and a pair of Under-18 World Championships. After playing several seasons with Bern’s junior club – the same organization Josi developed in – Weber spent two seasons with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers in 2006-07 and 2007-08, being named an OHL Second-Team All-Star for both campaigns. In 2008, he helped the Rangers win the OHL title and advance to the Memorial Cup.