On Monday, Nashville locked up 22-year-old center Colton Sissons for the foreseeable future, inking him to a three-year, $1.875 million extension, one that carries a $625,000 annual cap hit.
Sissions, the 50th overall pick in 2012, turned pro in ’13-14 and has spent the last three seasons between Nashville and the club’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.
With the Admirals, he’s had a fair bit of success, making an AHL All-Star team while serving as the youngest captain in Admirals history this season, scoring 16 points in 33 games.
Success at the NHL level has been more elusive, however.
Sissons — who was set to become a restricted free agent this summer — has only appeared in 19 games this year, scoring a goal and an assist. While he has shown some promise — as the Preds noted in their release, he has “a 59 percent success rate in the face-off circle, best among all NHLers taking at least 100 draws” — Sissons has yet to become a lineup regular.
Sissions’ deal was clearly made with an eye for the future. It’s a one-way deal for the final two years of the contract — which aligns itself with the fact that Gaustard is a pending UFA, while Ribeiro and Fisher are UFAs in 2018.