NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators announced that they have agreed to contract terms with former Toledo goaltender Brian Finley.
In 2004-05, the 24-year-old Finley played with Milwaukee of the American Hockey League and set pro-career bests in games (64), wins (36), goals-against average (2.29) and save percentage (.921). He ranked second in the league in games and third in wins while tying for fourth with a team record seven shutouts.
Selected in the first round (6th overall) by Nashville in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-3 and 205-pound Finley is one of only seven goaltenders in history to be selected sixth-or-high in the NHL Entry Draft and is the second-highest draft choice to play in the ECHL. Daniel Dore, who played for Greensboro in 1991-2, was selected in the first round (5th overall) by the New York Rangers in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.
In 2002-03, Finley was 4-2-0 with a goals against average of 2.36 and a save percentage of .918 in seven regular season games with Toledo while also appearing in one playoff game for the Storm. Finley was 7-11-2 with a goals against average of 2.93 and a save percentage of .898 in 22 regular season games with Milwaukee and he also made his NHL debut appearing in one game with Nashville.
In 2003-04, Finley split goaltending duties with ECHL alumnus Wade Flaherty, who was named MVP of the Calder Cup Playoffs. The 23-year-old Finley was 23-15-4 with a goals against average of 2.34 and a save percentage of .918 in 43 regular season games and also appeared in one playoff game for the Admirals. Finley, who missed 2001-02 while rehabilitating a groin injury, established career bests in games (43), wins (23), goals against average (2.34) and save percentage (.917) and set a team record with 10 consecutive wins from January 24-February 28, posting a goals against average of 1.70 and a save percentage of .943 during the streak.