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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Dan Hamhuis, their first selection from last year's draft.

Hamhuis, 19, was the WHL's player and defenseman of the year with the Prince George Cougars _ becoming the first person to win both awards since 1977.

He was fourth among WHL defensemen in scoring with 60 points (10 goals, 50 assists). Hamhuis also was a plus-10 in 59 games for the Cougars.