The Nashville Predators have breathed a sigh of relief when Shea Weber's arbitration process was complete, so on Monday, they went ahead and started to fill in the rest of the holes on their blueline, doing so by adding unrestricted free agent defender Jack Hillen to the mix. Hillen signed a 1-year deal, reportedly worth $650,000 at the NHL level (in a two-way deal).
Hillen played on Long Island during the 2011 season, playing in 64 games, scoring 4 goals and adding 18 assists. Those 22 points were good enough for 79th among all defensemen in scoring, which would put him on the inside of the pool draft's top 80 defensemen, which makes for a pretty good year and some potential for a better year with more ice-time.
Hillen's inclusion on the team table has him in the 3rd position among defenders in scoring, which makes this signing a little bit better, as they were able to add a player that could be a top four defenseman on their side, something they desperately need. Stay tuned to where Hillen lines up for the Predators in training camp, the right pairing could mean could things for the 25-year old blueliner.