The Nashville Predators have brought in another college free agent, this time signing Brandon Fortunato to a two-year entry-level contract. Fortunato will join Lukas Craggs who signed earlier today in the organization as the Predators stock the cupboard with NCAA talent.
Fortunato, 22, won’t be joining the Milwaukee Admirals on an amateur tryout, since his season ended early with a major injury. The mobile defenseman suffered a broken fibula and ruptured ankle ligaments in Feburary, and is on a four-month recovery timetable. That’s just the latest in what has been a difficult college career, that included sitting out an entire season due to transfer rules. Fortunato started at Boston University in 2014-15, before transferring following his sophomore season.
It took him a while to get started at Quinnipiac, but this season he was one of the most dangerous offensive defensemen in the country with 28 points in just 26 games. The 5’9″ 170-lbs Fortunato will join a Nashville organization known for developing defensemen and will try to get his career back on track after this injury.