The Nashville Predators have been loading up the Goaltender Pipeline this offseason.
The Nashville Predators and the Milwaukee Admirals today announced the signing of Goaltender Mark Visentin to a one-year AHL contract today.
Mark Visentin was an invitee to the recent Nashville Predators Rookie Development Camp held at Ford Ice Center last month and played well during the week and at the scrimmage.
He was reacquainted with Predtators goaltending coach Ben Vanderklok. The two of them worked together with the Niagra Ice Dogs in the OHL, back when Visentin started his juniors career.
Visentin was selected 27th overall by the Arizona Coyotes back in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the second goaltender selected in the draft. Back then, here was his scouting report from NHL Central Scouting:
Mark has got good size, moves very well, has got great quickness… he’s very determined… great butterfly, great net coverage. His push-offs are very strong and very quick. He’s square to the puck, his glove hand is good. His confidence level is real high. Very technically sound, as well.
— Admirals Roundtable (@adsroundtable) August 1, 2016
Visentin is six foot and 203 pounds and has played mostly in the AHL. His biggest setbacks have been injuries, mostly to ankles. Here are his stats:
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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 choose 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.
With Pekka Rinne getting older in Goaltender years, you can’t have enough good prospects in the near future. With another team or two coming soon in expansion, there will never be enough good goalies around.
Depth for an NHL and AHL team is a very important thing and the Nashville Predators and Milwaukee Admirals seem to be addressing it well this offseason.