Nashville Predators Rookie Camp begins on September 10th, so to help you get ready we'll walk our way through the prospects, from youngest to oldest.
Victor Bartley, Defense - #64
Born: February 17, 1988 From: Maple Ridge, B.C.
Height: 203 Weight: 6-0 Shoots: Left
2010-2011 Team: Rogle (Sweden-2)
Stats: 52GP, 11G + 23A = 34 Pts, 56 PIM
Follow after the jump for some background!
What you need to know:
After a successful junior career that culminated by scoring 46 points in 72 games and serving as team captain for the Regina Pats in the 2008-09 season, Victor Bartley spent time with both Providence and Bridgeport in the American Hockey League (AHL) and with the Utah Grizzlies in the ECHL before suffering a season ending injury during the 2009-10 season. As a free agent last season, Bartley jumped overseas to play with Rogle in the Swedish 2nd Division where he was one of the league's top defensemen scoring 34 points (11g, 23a) in 52 games. Bartley was scheduled to play in the Swedish Elite League for the upcoming season before signing a two-year contract with the Predators on May 24th.
Bartley is an offensively skilled two-way defenseman that is known as a good skater and physical.
Arbitrary nickname we'll give him even though he'd probably hate it
"The Old Vic" - he's the oldest guy within this group, and will be relied upon to provide leadership to the younger guys who are still learning how to tap into their potential.
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What's at stake
How much upside remains in Bartley's game is open to question, as he's played more games in the ECHL than the AHL, and spent last season in Sweden's second league. He could serve as a useful piece in Milwaukee, however, as a model for how the younger guys need to prepare off the ice, and compete on it. He's been lauded as a team leader wherever he's played so far.