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NEWS FLASH: Nashville Predators sign Jack Hillen


Well, could someone have been reading our minds here at The Predatorial earlier? As Jeremy was speaking about trying to find a defenseman to help alleviate the freshman stress of the rookies coming into the fold for the club, David Poile goes out and grabs defenseman Jack Hillen formerly of the New York Islanders.

Hillen had a career high season last year with the Islanders. To have one with such a tumultuous group could only be a positive sign for this young defenseman. Seeing what he’ll actually bring to the Predators, though? We’ll find out in about 38 days.

Press Release from the club:

Nashville, Tenn. (August 8, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Jack Hillen to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.

Hillen, 25 (1/24/86), spent his first three professional seasons with the New York Islanders, most recently establishing career highs in goals (4) and points (22) while tying a personal best in assists (18) in 2010-11. The 5-10, 190-pound blueliner also ranked second on last season’s Islanders’ squad with 137 blocked shots in 64 games. In 175 career NHL contests, Hillen has 50 points (8g-42a) and 109 penalty minutes.

A native of Minnetonka, Minn., Hillen played four years at Colorado College (2004-08), highlighted by a senior season that named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, WCHA Scholar Athlete of the Year and a First-Team All-American. Signed as a free agent by the Islanders on April 1, 2008, Hillen represented the United States at the 2010 World Championships, posting one assist in six games.

Also, if you’re looking at a preview of the man, he can send out a mean hipcheck. Check out these videos: