The Nashville Predators announced they have signed Boston University defenseman David Farrance to two-year entry-level deal. The four-year collegiate blueliner was a two-time Hobey Baker Top-10 finalist. He is expected to report to Nashville and begin his quarantine/testing protocol.
The 21-year-old Farrance was a third-round pick of the Predators in 2017 and has been one of their top prospects since. He chose, however, to play out his four-year career with Boston University, and could have chosen to become a free-agent, but instead opted to sign his entry level deal now after his college career ended Saturday. Farrance, who served as an alternate captain in his senior year, didn’t get too much playing time as the team played in just 11 regular season games and likely is eager to play more now at the pro level.
Farrance, 6-foot, 190-pounds, has had an impressive career as a Terrier, scoring 26 goals and 62 assists in 113 games and was more than a point-per-game player his final two years, both in which he was a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. In the 11 games he played this year, Farrance scored five goals and 16 points. He was also named to the Hockey East first team all-star as well as a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, which is awarded to the best American-born Division I player in New England.
Farrance is well known for his dynamic skating ability as well as his offensive prowess and could make a quick impact with Nashville if the team chooses to bring him in right away. If the team does opt to move Mattias Ekholm at the trade deadline, Farrance could step right into the lineup, although he may need some time adjusting to the pro level with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.