Leading up to the lockout-shortened season, we will be providing 2012-13 previews for each player. In no specific order, we continue with Brandon Yip today…
Brandon Yip began the 2011-12 season with the Colorado Avalanche and didn’t have much success. He had been plagued by injuries to start the season, and failed to register a point during his 10 games played with Colorado during the 2011-12 season.
Nashville claimed Yip on waivers on Jan. 19, and he made his debut with the Predators against the Chicago Blackhawks at home on Jan. 21. Yip was a bit of a grinder for the Predators from that point forward and ended up scoring three goals on the season, finishing with a total of seven points. Yip earned the trust of the Nashville coaching staff, playing in all 10 postseason contests. He was also put on the power play when Patric Hornqvist was out with injury.
In June, Yip signed a one-year, $750,000 contract to stay with the Predators instead of testing free agency.
Yip did not play overseas and opted to remain in North America throughout the entirety of the lockout.
Yip will be a player that can play the role that Jordin Tootoo played in a lot of ways. Yip’s not afraid to do the dirty work and be an agitator. However, Yip can also have moderate offensive production. Look for Yip to spend his time on primarily the fourth line this year, but he can also play in key situations like the power play when called upon.