Mark Van Guilder is finally being rewarded for his time in Milwaukee, as the Predators are signing the center to a two-year, two-way NHL contract. At the ripe age of 29, MVG will likely make his big league debut next season.
According to the Nashville press release, the deal is worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $80,000 at the AHL level in 2013-14, and $550,000 at the NHL level and $85,000 at the AHL level in 2014-15.
Over four seasons and 238 games, Van Guilder has given Admirals fans plenty to cheer about. Last season he finished fifth on the team with 14 goals and fifth in points with 32 adding to his totals of 36 goals and 83 points in an Ads uniform.
He’s also recorded seven career playoff points, including a double-overtime series-winning goal against Texas that most Ads fans will never forget.
Admirals past and present have described Van Guilder as one of the best teammates a player could ask for. He said at the end of last season that his time spent off the ice with his ‘mates are always his fondest memories.
MVG is highly regarded as a class act, securing both the Admirals Man of the Year award and finishing as a finalist for the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award for the third time in a row this season.
Your thoughts Roundtable? It’s always great to see a guy get rewarded for hard work, and we love seeing MVG finally get his chance.
How do you think he’ll fare with the big boys should he become a regular up there? Any line combinations come to mind?