The Nashville Predators re-signed defenseman Joe Piskula to a one-year, two-way contract on Friday.
Acquired from the Calgary Flames in February of 2013 in exchange for enforcer Brian McGrattan, the blueliner spent most of the 2013-2014 season playing with the Predators top minor league club, the Milwaukee Admirals. Joe Piskula put up 23 points in Milwaukee and was called up for two games at the NHL level last campaign.
The 30-year-old will serve as the veteran presence on the Admirals blue line and play in a pinch with Nashville as injuries or other factors dictate. A Wisconsin native, the defenseman signed his extension with the Predators not only on Independence Day (United States) but also the day before his 30th birthday.
Hockey’s Future describes Piskula as such:
Piskula is a defensive defenseman with good size. For a man who is 6’3″ and 212 pounds, he skates remarkably well with deceptive speed and can move the puck quite effectively. His smart, sound defensive zone play and great mobility are two of Piskula’s attributes that have gotten many in the scouting community taking notice.
Below is the Predators official press release:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Joe Piskula to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level.
Piskula, 29 (7/5/84), played a pair of games for the Predators in 2013-14, and has suiting up for 12 NHL games with Nashville, Calgary and Los Angeles since 2006-07 (0g-0a-0pts, 8 PIMs). The Antigo, Wisconsin native spent the majority of last season with Nashville’s primary developmental affiliate, the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals, posting 23 points (3g-20a), 56 penalty minutes and a +20 rating in 73 games. Acquired from the Flames organization on Feb. 28, 2013, Piskula has appeared in 466 AHL games over the past seven seasons, amassing 97 points (12g-85a) and 391 penalty minutes.
The 6-3, 208-pound blueliner signed with the Kings after three seasons at the University of Wisconsin from 2004-07 where he compiled 22 points (3g-19a) and 80 penalty minutes in 112 games and helped Wisconsin win the 2006 NCAA national title.