Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 11/21/12
It is hard to believe the Nashville Predators organization has been around for thirteen seasons stretching from the first drop of the puck in their inaugural game at the Gaylord Entertainment Center against the Florida Panthers on October 10, 1998, to defeating the Detroit Red Wings in five games in Western Conference Quarterfinals at the Bridgestone Arena and eventually losing to the Phoenix Coyotes in five games in the Western Conference Semifinals in the Spring of 2012. In that time the Predators have been to the playoffs seven times, advanced to the WCSF twice, scored countless goals, and made numerous saves. There have been many memorable Preds to play in Nashville, but only twenty players—forwards, defensemen and goalies—can make the all-time roster. Read after the jump the Nashville Predators’ thirteen season all-time roster. Forwards #7 Cliff Ronning #10 Martin Erat #11 David Legwand #19 Jason Arnott #21 Tom Fitzgerald #22 Greg Johnson #24 Scott Walker #26 Steve Sullivan #71 J.P. Dumont Greg Johnson, Jason Arnott and Tom Fitzgerald have all wore the “C” on their black jersey with Tom Fitzgerald being the first until 2002, when Greg Johnson took his place. All three of these forwards were not very flashy and not very skilled. However, they did their job in the eyes of Head Coach Barry Trotz. Fitzgerald never experienced the playoff with the Predators like Johnson and Arnott unfortunately. David Legwand and Martin Erat are still on the Predators roster, and will most likely be until they both retire. Legwand, being the Nashville Predators first ever draft pick, was supposed to pan out to be a scoring forward in the league. We are all aware how that turned out, as throughout his career he has been “streaky”. Predators NOW!—currently named Fang Faction Radio—interviewed Cliff Ronning about his past career and his hockey sticks. Listen to it here. Defensemen #2 Dan Hamhuis #3 Karlis Skrastins #3 Marek Zidlicky #6 Shea Weber #20 Ryan Suter #44 Kimmo Timonen Dan Hamhuis, Kimmo Timonen and Marek Zidlicky always had problems keeping the puck into the zone. Timonen and Zidlicky were both very skilled offensive defensemen that were always reliable on the powerplay. Hamhuis on the other hand was defensive minded and left his impact in his final game with the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the WCQF against the Chicago Blackhawks when he scored the game tying goal for the Predators under a minute remaining in this incredible series of plays. Watch because words can’t even explain. During the past summer, the organization was focused on re-signing captain Shea Weber and his partner in crime Ryan Suter. However, General Manager David Poile was only able to sign one defenseman to a mega-deal, and that was Weber. Smashville right now may hate Suter, but he made a huge impact and was a great defenseman for the Preds in their battle for the Stanley Cup. Fans of the Nashville Predators in the early seasons will remember Karlis Skrastins, while new fans to hockey may not. Skrastins was a third line defenseman that wasn’t extremely skilled, but was very smart. The former Predator will always be remember now because he was one of the players in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash who are dead. Goalies #29 Tomas Vokoun #35 Pekka Rinne Tomas Vokoun is the second best goalie in the Predators’ organization, behind Pekka Rinne of course. His nickname was “Evil Knievel” donned by Terry Crisp for his risky plays. When he made an incredible save, EMF’s “Unbelievable” song was played throughout the arena following “Song 2” by Blur with 17,000 fans chanting “Vo-koun”! Tomas Vokoun lead the Preds to their first ever playoff performance, where they lost to the Detroit Red Wings in six games, after being selected to the NHL All-Star Game. In April, 2006, Vokoun was affected by blood-clotting. He has never been the same. Pekka Rinne has just been spectacular his whole career with the Nashville Predators. Even though he has yet to win a Vezina Trophy, Rinne is undoubtedly the most skilled. The Finnish goaltender has led Nashville to the WCSF twice, the only goalie in a Predators uniform to have that type of success. So to recap, here is the roster in full. Forwards #7 Cliff Ronning #10 Martin Erat #11 David Legwand #19 Jason Arnott #21 Tom Fitzgerald #22 Greg Johnson #24 Scott Walker #26 Steve Sullivan #71 J.P. Dumont Defensemen #2 Dan Hamhuis #3 Karlis Skrastins #3 Marek Zidlicky #6 Shea Weber #20 Ryan Suter #44 Kimmo Timonen Goalies #29 Tomas Vokoun #35 Pekka Rinne
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