Just three-days prior to the NHL Trade Deadline the Nashville Predators have agreed to terms with defenseman Anthony Bitetto on a new two-year contact. The new deal will keep the 2010 sixth-round draft choice in the organization until the summer of 2018.
With 17 games in the NHL this season Bitetto now has 24 career games of NHL experience on his resume to date. This season the 25-year-old Island Park, New York native dressed for 6 games with Milwaukee while on a conditioning assignment while scoring one goal and four points while picking up 27 minutes in penalties.
Since joining the Predators organization on a full-time basis in 2012-2013, Bitetto played in 183 regular season games in the American Hockey League with the Admirals and four postseason contests. He also has 23 games of ECHL experience with the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (February 26, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has signed defenseman Anthony Bitetto to a two-year, $1.225 million contract that will see him receive $575,000 in 2016-17 and $650,000 in 2017-18.
Bitetto, 25 (7/15/90), has appeared in the Predators last 11 games and has one assist in 17 games for the club in 2015-16. Paired with seven games during three recalls a season ago, the Island Park, New York, native has one point (1a) in 24 career NHL games, all with Nashville. Bitetto spent the majority of his first three professional seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals from 2012-15; the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder ranked among the Top 20 AHL blueliners in assists in 2014-15, while tying for sixth among AHL defensemen in goals (11), and for ninth in power-play goals (6) during his first full season with Milwaukee in 2013-14.
Nashville’s fourth choice, 168th overall (sixth round), in the 2010 Entry Draft, Bitetto did not miss a game during his two-year collegiate career at Northeastern University (Hockey East) from 2010-12, compiling 35 points (7g-28a) in 72 games and being named to the 2011 Hockey East All-Rookie Team. He was a 2009-10 All-USHL Second Team selection in his first full season with the Indiana Ice and helped Indiana win the 2009 Clark Cup. He is on Twitter @ABitetto7.
So Roundtable . . . What are your favorite Anthony Bitetto memories with Milwaukee? Can he stay in Nashville or another place in the NHL over the course of this contract, or will he be back again in Milwaukee?
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