2008-09: Scott Valentine played on both the London Knights and Oshawa Generals of the OHL for stints this past season. With their last selection of the draft (their 2009 seventh was traded to acquire a pick last year), the Anaheim Ducks selected Valentine.
2009-10: In his first full season with the Oshawa Generals, Valentine posted 5 goals, 14 assists and 82 PIM in 63 games.
2010-11: Valentine skated in 62 of 66 games for Oshawa in his third OHL season and displayed both toughness and playmaking skills. Valentine finished the season with 106 PMs, three minutes behind team leader Andy Andreoff (LAK) and was +17. Offensively his 32 assists were second only to Islanders’ prospect Calvin de Haan’s 42 amongst Oshawa defensemen. Valentine also scored 4 goals. Oshawa reached the second round of the playoffs after finishing second in the East Division. Valentine played in 9 of the 10 playoff games, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 with 28 PMs.
2011-12: Valentine was invited to Nashville’s camp after not being signed by Anaheim and was offered a three-year entry-level contract by the Predators in September 2011. He spent his first pro season with Nashville’s AHL affiliate Milwaukee. He scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was minus-six with 69 penalty minutes in 63 games for the Admirals. Milwaukee finished second in the North Division and faced Abbotsford in the first round of the playoffs. Valentine skated in 2 of 3 games in the series with the Heat and was minus-one with no points nor penalty minutes.
2012-13: Valentine played 64 games for Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee in his second pro season. He scored 4 goals with 10 assists and was +4 with 74 penalty minutes. The Admirals finished second in the Midwest Division and lost to Texas in a first round playoff series. Valentine played in two of four games in the series and was -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes.
Valentine is a mean defenseman who is not afraid to hit, but still holds considerable offensive abilities. While his size is not ideal for a physical blueliner in the NHL, he has time to grow into his frame. He needs to work on skating and puck skills for the next level.
Valentine has made incremental improvements as he has progressed in the AHL, and he should see a good bump in his minutes moving forward as a shutdown pairing. He is definitely going to have to fight for these minutes as a new crop of young talent on the blue line has crept into Milwaukee in recent times. He still needs to pick up his skating if he wants to fight for the next level.