One-time first-round pick signs free agent deal with Predators

Friday, July 16, 2010 at 2:55pm

The Nashville Predators have missed on only one first-round pick since they entered the National Hockey League in 1998.

Friday, they made a move with the potential to lessen the impact of that error.

Free agent forward Jamie Lundmark, a first-round pick in 1999, signed a one-year, two way contract for the 2010-11 season. Lundmark agreed to a deal with an NHL salary of $600,000 and an AHL salary of $105,000.

The 29-year-old was the ninth overall pick by the New York Rangers in 1999, three spots after the Predators took goalie Brian Finley. Finley appeared in just two games for Nashville, the last in 2005-06 and was out hockey a short time later.

Lundmark has appeared in 295 NHL contests with five different franchises, including 21 with Calgary and 15 with Toronto last season. He has produced 99 points (40 goals, 59 assists) with 204 penalty minutes.but only once has played at least 60 games in a season.

He has played another 306 games in the AHL as a professional. He has 227 points (88 goals, 139 assists) at that level.