Predators Call Up Victor Bartley

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?

3 thoughts on “Predators Call Up Victor Bartley”

  1. While Bartley could be an insurance policy, it would make sense to play a game or two while called up. I assume that there is a limit to the number of moves an NHL team can make, just like in MLB.

  2. You’re also getting Halischuk for a little bit. Kinda sad, but he’s probably going to be traded too unless he really shows something with the Ads. He scored that 2OT winner against the Canucks a couple seasons back, but he now seem to be the odd man out.

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