On Tuesday afternoon, the Nashville Predators announced they signed 23 year old Victor Bartley to a two-year, two-way contract worth $525,000 on the National Hockey League level and $67,500 on the American Hockey League level. The contract runs through the 2012-13 season.
This past season, Bartley played in Sweden’s second division (with Rogle) and ranked second in points and assists for defensemen with 11 goals, 23 assists and 34 points in 52 games played.
Bartley is from Maple Ridge, British Columbia and played junior in the Western Hockey League with the Kamloops Blazers and the Regina Pats between 2004-2009. The 6’0 blueliner picked up 36 goals and 132 assists (as well as 466 penalty minutes) in 336 games.
In 2007, according to HockeysFuture.com, Bartley was the 13th best prospect in the WHL (number 2 was Predator Cody Franson). The prospect rating site had this to say about Bartley:
“A pivotal contributor to the strong backend in Kamloops this season, Bartley has maintained the same high level of intensity he brought to the ice during his draft year. With the Blazers among the top teams in the country this season, compared to last year when the club missed the playoffs for the first time in decades, Bartley is certain to get a better look from NHL scouts. He brings leadership and poise to the Blazers and has been a steadying influence for young prospects like Keaton Ellerby and Ryan Bender, who are both 2007 eligible.”
Before playing in Sweden, the undrafted defenseman played for the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies and AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2009-10.
With the strength of the position of defense, the signing can’t be seen as anything more than a depth move on the part of the Predators organization.
Here are Bartley’s career stats:
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