Preds Sign Defenseman Bartley

I didn’t think that we’d be talking about new players this early…but the Predators have signed defenseman Victor Bartley to a two-year two-way contract.

Here’s a link to his career stats from Hockeydb.com.

Last season in Sweden, he was second among defensemen in the league in assists and points, and was a +11 defensively.

Now, I tend to take the Hockey’s Future essays with grains cubes of salt.  But here’s what they said about him in 2007.

13. Victor Bartley, D (Free Agent)
Height: 6’0. Weight: 195lbs. DOB: February 17, 1987

Victor Bartley went undrafted last summer, a notion that has had many a WHL prognosticator shaking their head. The Maple Ridge, B.C. native has scored four goals and 34 assists in 48 games for the Kamloops Blazers.

A pivotal contributor to the strong backend in Kamloops this season, Bartley has maintained the same high level of intensity he brought to the ice during his draft year. With the Blazers among the top teams in the country this season, compared to last year when the club missed the playoffs for the first time in decades, Bartley is certain to get a better look from NHL scouts. He brings leadership and poise to the Blazers and has been a steadying influence for young prospects like Keaton Ellerby and Ryan Bender, who are both 2007 eligible.

The post was ranking the top 20 prospects in the WHL at the time.  I think the more interesting thing about the link is who else was on this list, and who was honorably mentioned.  Some former Admirals, and some full time NHL’ers that are still playing hockey as of right now.

Where does he fit in our universe?  It’s a pretty crowded blueline in Nashville already.  And if we’ve seen the end of Ford, Johnson, and Palin, then this 24 year old may end up being one of the senior members of the Milwaukee defensive group.

Or not.  It’s May.  Who knows.

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