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Predators Sign 2012 6th Round Draft Pick Max Görtz


Jun 2, 2014


This morning the Nashville Predators announced the signing of Max Görtz, one of three 6th round picks in Nashville’s 2012 NHL Entry Draft. With the signing of Görtz, the only two players unsigned from Nashville’s selections at the 2012 Draft are Jimmy Vesey (Harvard) and Zachary Stepan (Minnesota State University, Mankato).

What seems like a depth signing for the organization, Görtz possesses the skills that could easily bring the Swedish winger over to North America sooner rather than later.

His talent analysis at Hockey’s Future mentions him as a “big-bodied winger” with “good puck protection down low”, something both the Admirals and Predators have missed over the past couple of seasons:

“Görtz is is a big-bodied winger who has good puck protection down low. The two-way winger is hard to contain in the dirty areas of the ice and likes to shoot the puck. He has a solid defensive game due to his sound skating abilities and good positioned in his own end of the rink. The versatile winger played center growing up but has adjusted to the winger position quickly and improved offensive this past year. The late round pick has raw talent and a physical style that fits the North American game, but he will need time to develop and improve his overall offensive game to play at the NHL level.”

Regardless of where or how Görtz will be utilized by the Predators organization, he’ll find himself a place to play. Especially with Görtz being 6’2 and near-200 pounds.

Press release from the Nashville Predators PR Department:

Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed 2012 sixth-round pick Max Gortz (MAX GOHRTS) to a three-year entry-level contract.

Gortz, 21 (1/28/93), started the 2013-14 season with Farjestad (SHL), before transferring to Frolunda (SHL) on Dec. 9, 2013. The Hoor, Sweden native led Frolunda – and tied for third among all skaters in the 2014 SHL Quarterfinals – in points (5) and goals (3). The 6-3, 200-pound right winger has 70 points (37g-33a) in 106 career Swedish junior league games with Malmo and Farjestad, and 30 points (19g-11a) in 108 SHL games with Farjestad and Frolunda, while posting seven points (3g-4a) in 18 career SHL postseason contests, and 14 points (8g-6a) in 15 career Swedish junior league playoff games.

Nashville’s eighth choice, 172nd overall (sixth round), in the 2012 Entry Draft, Gortz helped Sweden win the 2012 Under-20 Four-Nations Tournament, tying for the team lead in points (1g-2a-3pts), and earned a bronze medal at the 2010 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge. He is on Twitter @maxgrtz.”

Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua