The Nashville Predators aren’t waiting around for the season to end before adding some depth to their organization. Sean Malone has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the team for the 2020-21 season, worth $750K at the NHL level and $100K at the AHL level. Malone has spent the last three seasons with the Rochester Americans, most recently on an AHL contract.
Now 25, Malone still hasn’t made it back to the NHL since debuting in 2017, when he was a fresh-faced signing out of Harvard. Originally selected 159th overall by the Buffalo Sabres, he spent four years at the prestigious school before turning pro. Since then, he’s been a solid contributor at the AHL level, recording 28 goals and 65 points in 169 games for Rochester. Unfortunately, that kind of production doesn’t scream NHL talent meaning Malone would have to take quite a step to land on Nashville’s roster next season.
Still, he does bring a level of experience to the Milwaukee Admirals and could be an injury call-up if necessary. Adding center depth to the organization is never a bad thing, and Malone’s entire cap hit is able to be buried when in the minor leagues.