Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 5/5/13
Injuries undermined the Nashville Predators’ playoff bid this season. But the high body count did allow the organization to speed the development of several younger players, creating the potential for a big bounce back season in 2013-14.The Predators took a long look at eight players who started the season with Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.The real gem might be defenseman Victor Bartley, who stepped up on the second defensive pairing with Kevin Klein and scored seven points in 24 games. Bartley, a European free agent signed in 2011, climbed over high draft picks Ryan Ellis and Johnathon Blum on the organizational depth chart.Not bad for a player who was never draft by a NHL team.“He can give you power-play minutes if need-be. He kills penalties. He’s a big guy and in very good shape,” Admirals coach Dean Evason told the Tennesseean. “He’s just a real, real solid two-way guy who is that type of guy who could be in the league for a very long time.”Big forward Taylor Beck could also be a
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