Predators beef up competition on defense with another veteran addition

Monday, August 8, 2011 at 11:23pm
Staff reports

The Nashville Predators added another player to the mix on defense when they signed Jack Hillen on Monday.

Hillen, 25, has been a full-time NHL player for the past two seasons and has played 175 career games – all with the New York Islanders – over parts of four seasons with 50 points (eight goals, 42 assists).

He set career-highs of four goals and 22 points last season in 64 appearances. He also had 18 assists for the second consecutive season.

He signed a one-year, two-way deal with an NHL salary of $650,000.

Hillen becomes the second defenseman signed by Nashville since veteran Francis Bouillon experienced a setback in his recovery from a concussion. Just less than two weeks ago the Predators signed 30-year-old defenseman Tyler Sloan to a contract identical to Hillen’s.

Those two will compete with prospects Teemu Laakso, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis for the final two or three spots on the Nashville defense in 2011-12.