Anthony Bitetto Signs With Nashville

March 29, 2012

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Defenseman Anthony Bitetto has left Northeastern to begin his professional career with the Nashville Predators organization.

Nashville announced the signing today at a press conference.  Bitetto, from Island Park, NY,  was the Predators 6th round draft choice in 2010.  Shortly after the announcement, Bitetto tweeted the following:

“To all husky fans, @NUDoghouse it has been a pleasure playing in front of you every night for the pass two years. Thank You i will miss it. I am extremely happy to have signed with the Nashville Predators and be part of a great organization where winning is excepted. #Preds

Bitetto never missed a game in his 2 years at Northeastern.  In 54 career games, he had 6 goals and 22 assists, as well as a +6 rating.  He was also named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team after his freshman season.

Bitetto served as an alternate captain this season.  He was well-liked by fans for his fiery attitude.  He was also the first member of the team to join Twitter.  While his offensive stats were down across the board this season, his veteran presence will be missed.  He played a large part in the playoff upset of BU last season, as he was was able to shut down one of the Terrier’s biggest offensive threats, Alex Chiasson.  Even though he began to struggle down the stretch this year, he is one of the better defenseman Northeastern has had in recent years and without him on the blueline things would have been even worse this season.

The best Bitetto moment had to be this season at Merrimack.  The game was chippy and NU called a timeout when they were trailing late in the game.  Now this game being at Merrimack meant 2 things: 1.  Kyle Bigos was out there being a goon.  and 2.  We were seated basically on top of the Northeastern bench.   So NU calls time out and the skate over to the bench.  Bitetto, like his teammates looks very frustrated.  He had just had a run-in with Bigos at center ice.  One of the NU fans (Mike Chatefz?) yells to Bitetto to “rip his head off” to which Bitetto immediately responds, “I’m trying!”.  Bitetto was a likeable guy and you could tell he really played hard for the school.

We wish Anthony well in Smashville and we hope that he can represent NU well in the NHL someday.

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2 Comments on “Anthony Bitetto Signs With Nashville”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Are you serious? From what I saw this past season, this guy just went through the motions and did not deserve all the ice time this lame coaching staff gave him. I do not know what they saw in him and neither do I understand what the Preds see in him. At best, he is a career ECHL player.

    He does not lead by example and does not use his size to beat down guys in his zone. Overated!!

    Bon voyage!

    Reply

    • Drew Says:

      I agree that towards the end of the season he was going through the motions. I’m pretty sure by January he had already made up his mind that he was leaving. That said, he showed what he is capable of last season when partnered with Eibler. This season I think he tried to do way too much and it just didn’t work. I don’t see him as an ECHL guy, but I can’t see him in the NHL without some serious development.

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