This afternoon Jaynen Rissling and Garrett Noonan were signed to entry level contracts with the Nashville Predators. Both signed ATO deals to join the Milwaukee Admirals as well. Rissling’s entry level deal is for three-years and Noonan’s is for two-years.
Rissling was recently traded to the Predators from the Washington Capitals for a seventh round draft pick in the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft. He himself was a seventh rounder of the Caps in the 2012 NHL Draft – so it’s a pretty nice pick up in my book. He just finished his five-year playing career with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. In that time he played 273 games, scored 117 points (23 goals, 94 assists), had a plus/minus rating of +28, and 465 penalty minutes.
Noonan perhaps picks up where Kirill Gotovets left off. This 23-year old defenseman was the Predators fourth round selection in the 2011 NHL Draft and recently finished his college playing career at Boston University. In his four-year career with Boston he played in 144 games, produced 81 points (30 goals, 51 assists), had a plus/minus of +18, and recorded 289 penalty minutes.
Both of these d-men add to an already nice crop that we’ve had the chance to watch this season here in Milwaukee: Jonathan Diaby and Mikko Vainonen. I expect these four to compete for roles on the 2014-15 Admirals roster.
Thoughts on the new additions? What do you think our defensive core will look like next season? What players are going to need to give way to the future of the organization?