Instant Analysis: The Victor Bartley Signing

Tuesday, 05.24.2011 / 2:35 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Instant Analysis: The Victor Bartley Signing
The Victor Bartley signing improves the organizational depth on defense; a more experienced pro defenseman option for the AHL with the potential to contribute in the NHL. Bartley has been on the Preds radar for some time; the North American scouts eyed him during his Junior career in the WHL. His strong play in Sweden this year allowed the European scouts to get a similar feel for his game.

The Preds defensive corps at the NHL level appears well settled for 2011-12 and with top prospects Mattias Ekholm & Ryan Ellis and possibly Taylor Aronson or Charles-Olivier Roussel joining the pro ranks next season (to go along with Roman Josi who made his North American debut this season), defenseman leadership and veteran savvy will be at a premium in Milwaukee next season. Brett Palin (played 80 regular season games + all 13 playoff games), Aaron Johnson (played 72 regular season games + all 13 playoff games), and Grant Lewis (played 47 regular season games + 11 of 13 playoff games), three veteran AHL defensemen in Milwaukee last year, are all unrestricted free agents this summer. The 23-year old Bartley appears a safe bet to fill the role one of those three provided last season in Milwaukee. Being a left-handed shot also helped Bartley’s cause; the Preds system is heavy on right-handed shooting defensemen, so adding a lefty helps balance the assignments. is the official Web site of the Nashville Predators and are trademarks of the Nashville Predators.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Nashville Predators and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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