David Polie, the Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations and General Manager announced that the club has signed their third round selection from the 2014 NHL Draft, forward Justin Kirkland, to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Kirkland, 19, racked up 67 points, scoring 31 goals and assisting on another 36, in 69 games played with the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets during the 2015-16 season, his third campaign with the junior club.
The 6’3, 183-pound left wing helped lift the Rockets to the 2014-15 WHL regular season title and the WHL playoff championship to punch their card for entry into the 2015 Memorial Cup Final, where he tied for sixth among skaters in points with two goals and three assists for five points in five tournament games played.
The Camrose, Alberta native ranked eighth among the Western Hockey League Rookies in points when he put up 48 points, 17 goals and 31 assists in his 2013-14 rookie campaign.
Kirkland amassed 71 goals and 98 assists for 169 points in his 199 career games with the Kelowna Rockets.