The Nashville Predators have signed Tanner Jeannot to a two-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the restricted free agent. The deal will carry an average annual value of $800K, paying Jeannot $750K in 2021-22 and $850K in 2022-23.
Talk about an underdog story. Jeannot has gone from undrafted free agent, to ECHL hopeful to NHL winger in quick succession, moving from the Moose Jaw Warriors to the Predators playoff lineup in three years. The 24-year-old forward experienced an incredible breakout this season, scoring 10 goals and 21 points in 13 AHL games, five goals and seven points in 15 NHL games, and even registering an assist in five playoff appearances.
Jeannot will be back in Nashville for the next two years, giving the Predators a cheap option to move in and out of the lineup when necessary. It’s not just offense that the 6’2″ winger brought though, as Jeannot racked up 53 hits in his 15 NHL games and even scored a short-handed goal. That bang-and-crash style is beloved by coaches, managers and fans alike, leading to the Predators actually protecting the young forward in the expansion draft.
While he may not be walking into a top-six role quite yet, betting against him certainly isn’t a good idea at this point. Jeannot now becomes a valuable, inexpensive option for head coach John Hynes to use when necessary.