Aug 6, 2014
Position: Defenseman (Left-handed)
Age at the start of the season: 26 (Birthday: February 26th, 1988)
2013-2014 Statistics: 50 games played – 1 goal, 5 assists, E, 23 PIM
2013-2014 Possession Statistic Highlights:
- Of those who played 21+ games with Nashville last season, Victor Bartley was 18th overall in Corsi For percentage (44.5%) and 19th overall in Fenwick For percentage (44.2%). Only Paul Gaustad, Kevin Klein, and Matt Hendricks had worse numbers
- When the Predators were at even-strength 5-on-5 leading by one goal, Bartley was the second-best defenseman to have on the ice, behind Seth Jones. (46.3% compared to Jones’ 47.4%)
- Although he only had 75 minutes of total time on the penalty kill last season (in comparison, Shea Weber had 203 total minutes on the penalty kill in 2013-2014), Bartley’s Corsi For percentage (8.6%) was third-best on the team behind Mattias Ekholm and Weber.
2013-2014 Recap: Bartley was a fairly effective stopgap last season when injuries arose on the blueline. His 50 games played was the least among all active defenseman (excluding Kevin Klein [traded mid-season], Michael Del Zotto [acquired mid-season], and Joe Piskula [two games played])
Bartley did, however, register his first ever NHL goal last season. Adding it to the rest of his point totals, he now has one goal and 12 assists.
2014-2015 Outlook: While Nashville’s six spots on the defense are practically filled (Weber, Josi, Jones, Ekholm, Vochenkov, Ellis*), Bartley still has two years left on his three-year, one-way deal with the Predators. I don’t expect Nashville to attempt sending Bartley to the minors, as he would have to pass through waivers, but most likely use him as a healthy scratch.
Best moment from last season: Seth Jones and Craig Smith set this entire play up. Deep in the Predators defensive zone, Jones took a lose puck and flipped the puck down the middle of the ice. Bypassing two Calgary backcheckers, Smith took over possession of the puck, spun around, passed back to the trailing Bartley, who one-timed it behind Flames goaltender Joni Ortio.
While that may not do it justice, just watch the clip:
* = still a Restricted Free Agent
Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua