The Nashville Predators have added to their forward depth, claiming center Derek Grant off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres.
The Sabres waived Grant on Tuesday morning. Grant has just three assists in 35 NHL games this season. That marks a career-high for NHL games played, as Grant is a tremendous minor league forward but a fringe NHLer. Grant scored 27 goals and 45 points in just 36 games in the AHL last year. Overall, he has six assists in 75 NHL games.
The Predators are currently without forwards James Neal and Colin Wilson, and could use some depth up front. It’s also a good chance for Grant to make an impression, as he could find regular NHL work next season with 23 more jobs available due to the Vegas expansion.
As mentioned, Grant has just three assists this season so it’s not a big loss for the Sabres. As our Zach Leach wrote yesterday when Grant was placed on waivers, Buffalo is better served playing their own home-grown young talent rather than mediocre veterans.
Grant signed a one-year, $575K contract with the Sabres on July 2, 2016. He’ll be a UFA at the end of this season.