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Preds acquire defensive prospect Rissling from Caps

With rather random timing, the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals pulled off a trade on Saturday.

In exchange for a seventh round pick in 2014, the Caps sent Calgary Hitmen captain Jaynen Rissling to Nashville. The 20-year old defenseman registered career-best numbers in every major offensive category last season, his last at the junior level.

According to Cap Geek, he hasn’t signed a pro deal as of yet and that could be one reason Washington decided to part ways with him. if Nashville can sign him, Rissling will fight for playing time in Milwaukee with fellow rookie defensemen Jonathan Diaby, Mikko Vainonen and Garrett Noonan.

Rissling was a seventh round pick of Washington’s in 2012.

The official press release is below.

Nashville, Tenn. (April 19, 2014) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Jaynen Rissling from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Nashville’s seventh-round selection in the 2014 Entry Draft.

Rissling, 20 (9/21/93), recently completed his fifth season with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League, posting 37 points (8g-29a) and 105 penalty minutes in 54 games while serving as team captain. In 273 WHL games from 2009-14, the 6-4, 204-pound native of Edmonton, Alta., amassed 117 points (23g-94a) and 465 penalty minutes, helping the Hitmen claim the WHL title and participate in the Memorial Cup in 2010.

Washington’s ninth choice, 197th overall (seventh round) in the 2012 Entry Draft, Rissling becomes the second member of the Capitals 2012 draft class to be acquired by the Predators, joining Filip Forsberg (11th overall, first round).

PHOTO CREDIT: Liam Richards (permission pending)