The Nashville Predators added a couple more names to the forward ranks today, with the signings of center Kyle Wilson and winger Zach Stortini to new contracts.
#25 / Center / Columbus Blue Jackets
Dec 15, 1984
|2010 - Kyle Wilson||32||4||7||11||-3||12||0||0||0||38||10.5|
When I ranked the possible free agent targets a few days ago by Pts/60 minutes in 5-on-5 play, Wilson was 2nd on the list with some impressive fundamental metrics (in just 32 games played, and just over 10 minutes per game). According to the team's press release, his is a two-year deal, with the first year being two-way ($550K in the NHL, $105K in the AHL), and the second being one-way for $550K.
Here's what The Cannon had to say about Wilson at season's end:
Wilson is a tweener- he's a fantastic AHL-level player, but he hasn't been able to complete a full season for an NHL squad. This past season he did however set personal highs with 4 goals, 7 assists for 11 points in 32 games with Columbus. He was a surprise in training camp, making the squad after impressing the coaching staff with his energy and occasional offense. His play started to tail-off mid-season, and he was sent down to Springfield. Rather than mope after being sent down, he did just the opposite-he was a point-per-game player for the Falcons.
Sounds like an interesting low-risk project, at least.
#46 / Right Wing / Edmonton Oilers
Sep 11, 1985
|2010 - Zack Stortini||32||0||4||4||-2||76||0||0||0||16||0|
Stortini is a hard-working banger in the classic sense, and may well be the successor to Wade Belak. Those are some major comedic shoes to fill, pal. His contract is a one-year two-way deal, for $550K in the NHL and $75K in the AHL. I was wondering if the Preds were going to pick up an enforcer in light of Belak's retirement, and Stortinit's resume over at HockeyFights certainly qualifies him to fill that role to some extent (17 fights in the 2009-10 season). Maybe the Preds "seen him good", based on this October 2009 scrap with Triston Grant: