28-Year-Old Defenseman – Montreal Canadiens
Victor Bartley Contract Information:
Signed to a three-year, $2 million deal with the Predators in June of 2013.
Bartley (lower body) will not play for the rest of the season, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Bartley played in just 50 games for the Preds last season and went through long stretches where he was a healthy scratch in favor of Mattias Ekholm. This season, he once again projects as the Predsí seventh defenseman and may only be used in the case of an injury or when one of the teamís regular blueliners needs a night off. Fantasy owners will want to avoid Bartley in all but the deepest of leagues.
Bartley was a late-season call-up for the Preds last year and filled in quite nicely over the last 24 games of the season, averaging almost 20 minutes per night in a top-four role and adding seven assists along the way. He will likely be back in a similar role this season and given he was the AHL Milwaukee Admirals' top-scoring defenseman at the time of his call-up last year (26 points in 54 games), he definitely has the tools to contribute offensively for the Preds this season. He could be a dark-horse selection candidate in the later rounds of your fantasy draft, so keep an eye on him.