Nashville went down 9 seconds into the game against Phoenix on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena, a circumstance Predators coach Barry Trotz compared to suddenly finding a mountain in the prairie.
Kyle Wilson made his Bridgestone Arena debut as a Nashville Predator in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
While Tuesday’s signings of Zack Stortini and Kyle Wilson weren’t exactly groundbreaking or earth-shattering, they did provide the Predators with some more depth at forward.
Stortini, the epitome of an enforcer, comes to the Predators’ system from the Oilers organization. In his 256 NHL games with Edmonton, he has racked up an impressive 718 penalty minutes. Most likely, Stortini is being brought in to provide physicality and to potentially compete for the enforcer spot that Wade Belak vacated. Stortini does bring slightly more offensive ability than Belak…but then again, so does Pekka Rinne. Signed to a two-way contract, Stortini almost blatantly comes in as an experiment – a depth forward who can be shipped back to Milwaukee if there is no role for him in Nashville.
Wilson, on the other hand, could legitimately end up on Nashville’s roster. College teammate of PuckScene.com favorite Mark Dekanich, Wilson has been a decent scorer in the American Hockey league, playing with the San Antonio Rampage the Hershey Bears and the Springfield Falcons, he has racked up 251 points (119 G – 132 A) in 321 games. While he hasn’t managed to stick on in the NHL, he has appeared in 34 NHL games for the Capitals and Blue Jackets, picking up 13 points (4 G -9 A). Even if he fails to make the NHL roster, his proficiency in the AHL should be an asset to Milwaukee.
Press releases after the jump.