The Nashville Predators completed a starting five, of sorts, when it comes to signing their 2009 draft class.
Taylor Beck, a 19-year-old right wing, became the third forward and fifth player overall drafted by Nashville last year to sign a professional contract. The highest scoring right wing in the Ontario Hockey League last season came to terms on a three-year entry-level contract, the Predators announced Wednesday.
He was the first of two third-round picks and the fourth player selected by Nashville in 2009.
Half of that 10-member draft class (the team’s largest in the past six years) is now signed, including one at each position other than goalie. Also under contract are defensemen Ryan Ellis (first round) and Charles-Oliver Roussel (second round), center Michael Latta (third round) and left wing Gabriel Bourque (fifth round).
Beck, who played for the Guelph Storm, finished fourth overall in scoring in the OHL last season with 93 points as he set career-highs in goals (39), assists (54) and points. He also was sixth in the league with 16 power play goals.
Beck is expected to report to training camp with the rest of the team’s rookies and other prospects on Sept. 13. The veterans will report for camp on Sept. 17.