Continuing the flurry of recent activity from Nashville, the Predators recalled defenseman Victor Bartley from Milwaukee today. Bartley, one of the top two-way blue liners in the AHL, receives the nod after compiling 26 points in 54 games this season (ranking in the top 20 for league defenders).
With towering defenseman Hal Gill recently placed on IR, Bartley becomes Nashville’s seventh point man, and will likely be in place to shake up the roster slightly. The Predators have a pair of back-to-back games in the coming weeks, and a four-game in seven nights stretch starting on St. Patrick’s Day.
Unlike the Predators’ two recent waiver wire additions of Bobby Butler and Zach Boychuk, Bartley has yet to play in the NHL. But the Ottawa, Ontario native did attend the shortened Nashville training camp after the lockout in January.
Perhaps knowing this move was upcoming, the Admirals have recently added defensemen Scott Ford and Joe Piskula. In separate move Milwaukee returned forward Jack MacLellan to the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones.
So Roundtable . . . What do you think of the Bartley recall? Does this signal that Predators might be looking more to Milwaukee for help? Will Bartley play during his stay in Nashville? How long are you expecting him to be up?