Nashville, Tenn. (February 22, 2020) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced Saturday that the team has acquired defenseman Ben Harpur from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Miikka Salomaki.
Harpur, 25 (1/12/95), has 11 points (1g-10a) in 33 games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies this season, his fifth as a pro. The 6-foot-6, 223-pound blueliner has 163 games of AHL experience, tallying seven goals and 55 points with three different clubs, including a career-high 27 points (2g-25a) in 2016-17 with Binghamton. Harpur has suited up for 103 career NHL contests – all with the Ottawa Senators – after making his debut on March 31, 2016 and has recorded seven points (1g-6a). He last saw NHL action during the 2018-19 campaign, where he picked up a goal and five points in 51 games for the Sens.
Originally drafted by Ottawa in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Harpur spent four seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm before turning pro, playing in 225 games from 2011-15. The Hamilton, Ont., native helped lead the Storm to the 2014 OHL title and a trip to that season’s Memorial Cup after posting 16 points (3g-13a) and a +34 rating in 67 regular-season games.