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Predators sign six free agents

With the partial opening of free agency, the Predators have signed six free agents during the first weekend.

From the WHL, Nashville signed Tanner Jeannot. Jeannot already has the size to play in the pros. He was a late bloomer and earned ice time gradually every year. He prides himself on being the hardest worker on his team. He always hustles but also showed good hands last year, scoring 40 goals in 72 games.

From the AHL, the Predators signed Gage Quinney. Quinney is another player that worked up from juniors. He spent time in the ECHL, then got an AHL contract where he made an impact with 33 points in 57 games. He is a good puck handler who has been working on his board play last year.

From the QMJHL, Nashville was able to sign Alexandre Alain. Alain is another late bloomer whose development was slowed down due to radiotherapy treatments. Alain was a dominant player for Blainville-Boisbriand Armada last year, scoring 44 goals in 65 games. He has good features to be a pro player: size, quickness and smarts.

From the NCAA, Tony Calderone inked with the Predators. He had his best season last year, scoring 25 goals in 40 games to lead the Michigan Wolverines. Calderone is an excellent skater that works hard and goes to the dirty areas of the ice.

From the NLA (Top Swiss League), the Predators were able to sign Michael Fora. He is a big defenseman that plays a strong defensive game but can also generate some offense. As the captain of the HC Amri-Piotta at the age of 22, he put up 27 points in 50 games.

Lastly, the Predators signed Kevin Lankinen from Finland’s Liiga. Playing in the shadows of Husso and Saros, Lankinen didn’t have big international exposure. He started as the third goalie last year for HIFK but worked his way to being the starter in the playoffs. He posted good numbers both in the regular season (1.33 / .946) and the playoffs (1.99 / .936).