The Milwaukee Admirals have officially signed goaltender Mark Visentin to a one-year AHL contract this afternoon. Visentin was an invitee to the Nashville Predators Rookie Development Camp this Summer where he was reacquainted with goaltending coach Ben Vanderklok who he started his career with in junior hockey with the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL.
Press Release via Milwaukee Admirals:
Milwaukee, WI—The Admirals announced today that they have signed goaltender Mark Visentin to a American Hockey League contract for the 2016-17 season.
Visentin, 23, spent last season with the Rockford IceHogs, where he accumulated a 4-6-2 record with a 2.60 goals against average, .906 save percentage and one shutout in 13 contests. The Arizona Coyotes first round pick in 2010, Visentin played two seasons with the Portland Pirates from 2012-14 and made his NHL debut with the Coyotes on April 12, 2014 against the San Jose Sharks.
Visentin played four years of junior hockey with the Niagara IceHogs of the OHL. He was named the league’s Goalie of the Year in 2011 after going 30-9-6 with 2.52 GAA and a .917 save %. The following year he led OHL goalies with 10 shutouts and a 1.99 GAA. The Waterdown, ON native played for Team Canada in the World Junior Championships in both 2010 and 2011, winning silver and bronze medals, respectively.
The Admirals will open up the home portion of their 2016-17 season on Saturday, October 29th at the UWM Panther Arena. The remainder of the schedule will be released later this summer.
Visentin was the second goaltender selected in the 2010 NHL Draft when he was drafted by Arizona Coyotes organization with the twenty-seventh overall pick. He made his NHL debut on 4/12/14 but unfortunately for the soon to be 24-year old goalie that was his one and only game played at that level. A series of ankle injuries have hindered his career which ended up leaving him in a similar position last off-season when he wound up signing an AHL contract with the Rockford IceHogs. He only logged 13 games in the 2015-16 season sporting a 4-6-2-1 record with a 2.60 goals against average, 0.906 save percentage, and a lone shutout.
The depth now at goaltender shouldn’t be all that worrying. Between the Nashville Predators potential back-up options, the Admirals options, and the ECHL there are five options to chose from: Marek Mazanec, Juuse Saros, Jonas Gunnarsson, Brandon Whitney, and now Visentin. It’s most likely that the latter two names will be the ECHL depth options but, with strong performances in pre-season camp versus the debutant to the North American game Gunnarsson, the options for the back-up role in Milwaukee just improved.
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