Preds lock up WHL scoring co-leader Brendan Leipsic

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The Nashville Predators signed Brendan Leipsic to a three-year entry-level contract on Thursday.

Leipsic, 19, tied for the WHL lead in scoring with 120 points (his Portland Winterhawks teammate Nicolas Petan shared the honors). The Predators made him their third-round pick (89th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

If those numbers don’t move you, Predators GM David Poile told the Winnipeg Free Press that his game compares to a Brad Marchand … and that was before his breakout season.

“He’s a little bit (Jordin) Tootooish, a little bit Brad Marchand. I’m sure that the best description would be that he’s not fun to play against, probably the opposition doesn’t like him too much,” Poile said. “This is the guy you love but they hate. Not big in stature but plays really tough.”

Knowing the Preds system, it will probably take him some time to make a Marchand-type impact.

(Photo via the WHL.)