With training camp just one week away, the Nashville Predators have offered their first professional tryout of the 2023 offseason to goaltender Dylan Wells, as first reported by CapFriendly.
Wells’ agent, Patrick Morris, confirmed the news to Nashville Hockey Now on Tuesday.
Drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 draft by the Edmonton Oilers, Wells played four seasons (2014-18) with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes before joining the Witchita Thunder in the ECHL then the Bakersfield Condors in the American Hockey League.
After four years of working his way through the minors, Wells made his NHL debut last season with the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 5 against the Winnipeg Jets. He made 12 saves on 13 shots in relief of Arvid Soderblom with Chicago down 3-0 going into the final period.
Wells, a St. Catharines, Ontario native, has bounced around the NHL over the last couple of years. He was dealt by the Oilers to the Carolina Hurricanes for future considerations in July 2021. He signed a one-year two-way deal with the Blackhawks in November 2022.
Wells played in and won two games for the Idaho Steelheads, the Stars ECHL affiliate, posting a 1.99 goals-against average and .934 save percentage. In the AHL, Wells played in 20 games between the Rockford Ice Hogs and Texas Stars last season, going 9-7-1 overall with a 3.20 GAA and .898 save percentage.
Now on his fifth NHL team, the 25-year-old netminder joins a group of Predators minor league goalies that also includes Yaroslav Askarov, Troy Grosenick, and Tyler Harmon, the organization’s lone ECHL goalie who plays for the Atlanta Gladiators.
Harmon has just 10 games of ECHL experience, while Wells has logged 78 ECHL games with a 35-33-5 record.
Wells also has something in common with former Predators great Pekka Rinne. During his final year with the Petes in 2017, Wells scored against the Kingston Frontenacs during a playoff game on April 13 — a milestone many goaltenders, including Rinne, have dreamt of living out.
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