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Predators sign prospects

The Nashville Predators, parent club of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, have announced the signings of defenseman Ville Koistinen, forwards Ryan Maki and Mike Santorelli and goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris.

Koistinen, 25, played his first pro North American season this past year with Milwaukee and notched 41 points (9g, 32a) in 59 games. The Oulu, Finland, native earned a spot in the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic and tied for eighth among AHL blueliners in scoring on the year. Following the season, Koistinen earned a silver medal with Finland at the 2007 World Championships and was voted the team’s best player in gold medal round vs. Canada.

Koistinen’s contract is a one-year deal.

Maki, 22, completed his senior season at Harvard University in 2006-07. He finished second on the Crimson with 12 goals and third on the club with 23 points (12g, 11a) in 32 games. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound forward joined Milwaukee at the conclusion of his college season and appeared in two regular-season and two playoff games with the Admirals. In 129 career games over four college seasons (2003-07), Maki recorded 36 goals and 36 assists for 72 points. He was originally Nashville’s sixth-round choice in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Maki’s contract is a two-year deal.

Santorelli, 21, completed his junior season at Northern Michigan University in 2006-07, earning nods as a Second Team West All-American and a First Team All-CCHA. The Vancouver, B.C., native led the conference in goals (30) and power-play goals (11) and also led the Wildcats in points (47) and plus-minus rating (plus-6).  The 6-foot, 190-pound forward was originally Nashville’s sixth-round choice in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Santorelli’s contract is a three-year deal.

Grumet-Morris, 25, played his second professional season in 2006-07 after a four-year career at Harvard. The 6-foot-2, 198-pound netminder was 4-7-5 with a 2.30 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and four shutouts in 17 combined AHL appearances with Portland, Hamilton and Manitoba last season. Grumet-Morris was originally Philadelphia’s fifth-round choice in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

He signed as a free agent with Nashville to a one-year contract.