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Predators acquire defenseman Witt

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

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Witt has averaged over 20 minutes per game in each of the past five NHL seasons.
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that the club has acquired defenseman Brendan Witt from the Washington Capitals for forward Kris Beech and a first-round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Witt, 31 (2/20/75), leads the Capitals and ranks 12th in the NHL with 145 hits and also leads the club (and is tied for 11th in the NHL) with 131 blocked shots.  He is the only player in the league to rank in the top 20 in both hits and blocked shots.  The 6-2, 223-pound defenseman is averaging 21:41 of ice time per game and ranks fifth in the NHL with 141 penalty minutes.  Witt also leads the NHL in shorthanded time on ice per game (6:01).

The Humboldt, Sask. native has played his entire 11-year NHL career with the Washington Capitals, posting 83 points (20g-63a) and 1035 penalty minutes in 626 games.  He has averaged over 20 minutes per game in each of the past five NHL seasons.

Witt was originally drafted by Poile and the Caps with the 11th overall selection (first round) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.  He played 30 games for Predators head coach Barry Trotz with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League in 1996-97.

LISTEN: GM David Poile discusses the acquisition of Witt (Streaming Windows Media audio - 9:57)


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