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Dougherty expected to play for WHL Winterhawks next season after signing with Predators

2014 NHL Draft - Portraits

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 28: Jack Dougherty of the Nashville Predators poses for a portrait during the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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The Nashville Predators signed Jack Dougherty to a three-year entry level contract in a deal announced Friday, and it looks like the young defenseman’s next stop will be in Portland.

According to the Predators, it’s expected Dougherty will play for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League next season.

Selected in the second round, 51st overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft, Dougherty played last season for the University of Wisconsin, recording nine points in 28 games, which put him into a tie for fourth amongst Big Ten freshman defensemen in points.

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