It took Kevin Henderson some time to make it to the National Hockey League. Once he did, he did not hesitate to make his mark.
The 26-year-old forward scored in his NHL debut in April and showed enough during a four-game, season-ending audition to earn a longer look.
The Predators signed him to a two-year, two-way contract Tuesday. The deal calls for him to earn the NHL minimum of $550,000 if he plays in the league, significantly less if he is in the American Hockey League.
Henderson was teammates in junior hockey with Nick Spaling and Matt Halischuk, but was undrafted after three seasons with Kitchener (OHL). He spent two years in the Canadian college ranks and then nearly four full seasons in the AHL, the last two with the Milwaukee Admirals, before he got his NHL opportunity.
He made his NHL debut April 19 and played the final four games of the regular season. His ice time steadily increased from 12:57 in his debut to 16:43 in the final contest, at Columbus. He finished with just the one goal, three shots and a minus-1 rating.