Nashville Predators reportedly close to signing defenseman Victor Bartley

According to a report in Sweden's Aftonbladet (run it through your favorite translator), the Nashville Predators are close to signing defenseman Victor Bartley to a contract. Reading Expressen's article on the subject, the speculation is that he'll get a two year deal. Bartley had a strong season for Rögle in Sweden's second division, and was expected to play for Djurgården in the Elite League this fall before this change of plans:

The idea was that he would show up in June.We'll see. Is it that he is ready for the NHL, it's obviously fun for him, but sad for us. - Djurgården head coach Thomas Montén (as translated)

Bartley went undrafted by an NHL team despite some strong play for Kamloops in the WHL (see his HockeyDB.com page), and was described by Hockey's Future back in 2007 as follows:

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... He brings leadership and poise to the Blazers and has been a steadying influence for young prospects...

Now 23 years of age, Bartley may be a bit of a late bloomer who can add some depth in Milwaukee. If indeed he signs soon, perhaps we'll get our first look at him during the Preds' development camp in late June. If not then (he's a little old compared to most of the guys in that camp), it'll be training camp in September.

Initial tip via @SLakePreds and @steffeG on Twitter.

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