The roster shake-up continues as Preds recall Vic Bartley from Milwaukee…

Vic Bartley (Rachel Addison)

He was one of the few Milwaukee Admirals invited to training camp to show what he could bring to the table were the Nashville Predators ever in need of another defenseman.

Wednesday morning he got the call.

Victor Bartley leads all Admirals blueliners in scoring (26 points) and is the latest addition to the Predators roster in an attempt to find some scoring. When he suits up for the Preds, it will be his NHL debut.

Wingers Bobby Butler and Zach Boychuk were claimed off of waivers from the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively, earlier this week.

Are the Predators done shaking up the roster? We’ll see.

The official press release is below.

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Nashville, Tenn. (March 6, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Victor Bartley (VIHK-tohr BAHRT-lee) from Milwaukee (AHL).

Bartley, 24 (2/17/88), leads Milwaukee defensemen and is ranked among the AHL’s Top 20 defensemen in points with 26 (7g-19a) in 54 games. He attended Predators training camp this season, but was reassigned to the Admirals before appearing in a game. The 6-0, 212-pound native of Maple Ridge, B.C., tied for 10th among American Hockey League defensemen, and second among AHL rookie defensemen in points (39) in his first season with Milwaukee in 2011-12 after signing as a free agent with the organization on May 24, 2011.

After a three-game trip out West, the team returns home for back-to-back tilts at Bridgestone Arena this Friday vs. the Edmonton Oilers, with a College Night presented by Taco Bell and Hal Gill Growth Chart giveaway presented by BlueCross BlueShield, and Saturday vs. the Minnesota Wild for a McDonald’s Family 4 Pack Night. All fans in attendance on Saturday also receive a free souvenir cup courtesy of MAPCO and can stop by a Fifth Third Concourse location to receive a $5 concession stand voucher).  Limited tickets are still available and may be purchased at the Bridgestone Arena box office, through all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, nashvillepredators.com and (615) 770-7800.

PHOTO CREDIT: Rachel Rosato // Rachel Rosato Photography (used with permission)

2 Comments

  1. Chris W.

    March 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I am hoping this is a test run for Vic. I think he deserves some time. I am thinking this is either a showcase for trade, or possible a test run to see if he can hang with the big boys and someone else gets traded. Either way I’m glad the roster is getting shaken up a bit…

  2. Steve Hopkins (@Savage_steve)

    March 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I am actually kinda stoked about the growth chart for some reason!! Hopefully the new guys can break the guys out of their funk and make them work on keeping their jobs…