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Former Islanders defensemen Jack Hillen packed has moved westward today signing a one-year, two-way deal with the Nashville Predators. According to a press release issued by the team the deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.

Josh Cooper of The Tennassean pointed out that Hillen would be the third highest scoring defensemen returning this season and he would have been the fourth highest defensemen for the Preds.

Below is the release issued by the Predators courtesy of Josh Cooper.

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Jack Hillen to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.

Hillen, 25 (1/24/86), spent his first three professional seasons with the New York Islanders, most recently establishing career highs in goals (4) and points (22) while tying a personal best in assists (18) in 2010-11. The 5-10, 190-pound blueliner also ranked second on last season’s Islanders’ squad with 137 blocked shots in 64 games. In 175 career NHL contests, Hillen has 50 points (8g-42a) and 109 penalty minutes.

A native of Minnetonka, Minn., Hillen played four years at Colorado College (2004-08), highlighted by a senior season that named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, WCHA Scholar Athlete of the Year and a First-Team All-American. Signed as a free agent by the Islanders on April 1, 2008, Hillen represented the United States at the 2010 World Championships, posting one assist in six games.