Former first round pick Mark Visentin may not be considered as high a prospect as he once was.
The 2010 Phoenix Coyotes draft selection missed the entire 2014-15 season with a lower body injury, resulting in the Coyotes failing to qualify him as a restricted free agent during the 2015 offseason.
At that point, he took an AHL deal with the Rockford Ice Hogs to remain in the North American pros. Now, he’s doing the same thing this year, just with a different minor league team.
The Milwaukee Admirals reported on Monday afternoon that Visentin, who finished his 2015-16 campaign with a .906 save percentage across 13 regular season games, has inked a one year AHL deal with the club for the upcoming 2016-17 season. He’ll come on board as the second free agent goaltending addition for the Predators system this summer, joining European acquisition Jonas Gunnarsson in the team’s depth chart.
Selected 27th overall by the then-Phoenix club in 2010, Visentin has both a silver and bronze medal for the U20 World Junior Championships as a member of Team Canada from his days playing junior hockey.
A former Niagara Ice Dogs starter, the 23-year-old Visentin has shown in the past that he’s able to put up strong numbers in the minors and the major juniors; hopefully, one full year removed from his lower body injury, the netminder will be able to finally bounce back and work his way back into a more regular playing position.
As this is an AHL deal, this signing has no effect on Nashville’s SPC limit or cap space for next year.