Bitetto Returning to the Admirals After NHL Debut

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)
It may have just been for one game but, for so many, that one NHL game is all that matters. Anthony Bitetto got his first career NHL game last night for the Nashville Predators as they played against the Detroit Red Wings on the road. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

Yesterday Anthony Bitetto received his first career NHL call up and made his debut in last night’s Nashville Predators game against the Detroit Red Wings. Now that the dust has settled from that game he’s coming right back to the Milwaukee Admirals.

Press Release via Nashville Predators:

Nashville, Tenn. (January 18, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has reassigned defenseman Anthony Bitetto to Milwaukee (AHL).

Bitetto, 24 (7/15/90), played 11:01 in his NHL debut on Saturday night at Detroit.

The Nashville Predators – who have an 8-1-2 record since the Christmas Break – play their final contest before the All-Star Break on Tuesday at Montreal (6:30 p.m. CT, FOX Sports Tennessee, 102.5 The Game). Following the All-Star Break, the Predators return to Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 27 to face the visiting Colorado Avalanche.

As mentioned in the press release, Bitetto logged 11:01 of ice time in his debut which was the lowest total by any defensemen in the game. He was a -1 on the night, delivered 2 hits, and recorded a giveaway. All things being said, I’m sure the result of the game doesn’t hinder the enjoyment for him having checked “playing in the NHL” off the bucket list.

Thoughts on the Nashville Predators calling up Anthony Bitetto for last night’s game? In your opinion was this a matter of the Preds rewarding Bitetto for his work or should they have called up someone else?

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5 thoughts on “Bitetto Returning to the Admirals After NHL Debut”

  1. Tough spot for Bitetto to debut in, second game of a back to back against a hot team at home and without Rinne. The part of the game I saw, he didn’t look out of place and must be the Preds #1 defenseman on the depth chart in Milwaukee and probably deservedly so, but if Ellis is out any real length of time I think they should swing a deal for a veteran. Cody Frandsen is a free agent after the season and Toronto is willing to deal so maybe thats an answer if the cost isn’t prohibitive. Any other season I’d want to see more of Bitetto but when you’re this close I think you need to go all in.

  2. Not suggesting signing him, but trading for him as a rest of the season rental, and then only if Ellis is a long term injury.

  3. While some Preds fans were getting impatient with Franson’s seeming lack of improvent with regards to untimely giveaways, he’s now become a very solid two-way defenseman and, depending on your opinion of Dion Phaneuf, the second or third best d-man for the Maple Leafs after Roman Polak (who should be given Toronto’s captaincy, ASAP, IMO). Anyhoo…

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