Ryan Flynn, a sixth-round choice in the 2006 draft (176th overall), signed a professional contract with the Nashville Predators on Friday.
Flynn, a 6-foot-2, 216-pound right wing, recently completed his college career at the University of Minnesota.
The two-way deal (an NHL salary of $525,000; AHL salaries of $40,000 in 2010-11, $45,000 in 2011-12) made him the second of three U.S. college players drafted by the Predators in 2006 to sign with the team Goalie Mark Dekanich (Colgate) began his pro career last season.
That year’s top pick, Blake Geoffrion (second round, 56h overall) is likely to be signed once his season ends. Geoffrion, a Hobey Baker Award finalist, will compete with the University of Wisconsin at next week’s Frozen Four.
Also recently, Ryan Thang, a 2007 draft pick out of Notre Dame, was signed to his first professional contract.
Flynn was a co-captain for Minnesota this past season. He had 57 points (17 goals, 40 assists) and 207 penalty minutes in 156 career games for the Gophers. He was among the team’s top four in penalty minutes all four seasons of his college career.