MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Nashville Predators announced today that they have assigned defenseman Jonathon Diaby to the Milwaukee Admirals. In addition, the Admirals have signed forward Joe Pendenza and defenseman Kirill Gotovets to amateur try-out contracts (ATOs).
Diaby recently completed his junior season with the Victoriaville Tigres of the QMJHL where he totaled nine goals and 19 assists for 28 points in 38 games to go along with 80 penalty minutes and a +10 rating. The Blainville, QE native finished his four-year junior career with 63 points (14g-49a) and 280 PIMs in 175 games. A season ago, he paced the Tigres in plus/minus rating (+12) and penalty minutes (117), and was one of just three QMJHL defensemen to finish the 2012-13 season with 25 points, 100 penalty minutes, and a +10 rating.
Diaby, who signed an entry-level deal with the Predators earlier this year, was the 37th-rated North American skater in Central Scouting’s final rankings of 2013.
A native of Minsk, Belarus, Gotovets played the past four seasons at Cornell University. He finished his senior year with a goal, three assists and 20 penalty minutes while skating in all 32 of his team’s games. Over his career at Cornell, Gotovets played in 112 contests and racked up 19 points (3g-16a) and 96 penalty minutes.. He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 183rd pick of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and had his rights traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on April 3rd, 2013.
Pendenza just completed his senior season at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he led the team in goals (1614 assists (16), and points (30), while helping them qualify for the NCAA tournament and make it within a game of the Frozen Four. Pendenza, who attended the Predators development camp last summer, had a team leading 23 assists and tied for a team-best 38 points during his junior campaign. In four seasons with the River Hawks, the Wilmington, MA native recorded 49 goals and a 61 assists for 11 points in 152 games played.
The Ads are back at it this Friday, April 4th at the BMO Harris Bradley Center as they take on Iowa Wild at 7 pm. Fans can order tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or by logging on to the Admirals website at www.milwaukeeadmirals.com. Groups of ten or more receive a minimum of $2 off each ticket. For more information or to order group tickets fans should call (414) 227-0550.