Announcing the All-Time Nashville Predators Team

Having completed 10 full NHL seasons it seems an appropriate time to look back on how the Nashville Predators have fared so far. This week, we've gathered together a list of nominees and narrowed them down to the best of the best in the franchise's short, but definitely interesting, history.

Following the initial years of slow but steady progress and an initial playoff appearance in 2004, the Preds appeared to be ready for a major breakthrough with a 2006-7 team that challenged for the Central Division title and the Presidents Trophy, before injuries and a first-round upset loss to San Jose ended that run. The unexpected bump in the road was the franchise sale by Craig Leipold, which resulted in a salary dump that saw tremendous talent walk out the door for little in return. Now, a new team has emerged from those ashes as the second generation of home-grown talent emerges (led by Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, and Pekka Rinne among others). Where the road goes from here is uncertain, but this makes a suitable point to celebrate the team's greatest players.

Now, after six polls and over 800 votes, the readers here at OtF have spoken. So, without further ado, here are your All-Time Nashville Predators...

Goaltender - Tomas Vokoun

An easy favorite in this category (with 88% of the vote), Vokoun was the franchise's first true star, and continues to be a dominant performer in Florida. Perhaps a few years down the road Pekka Rinne might have a chance at rivaling Vokoun's body of work in the Nashville net, but Tomas has set the bar awfully high.


Tomas Vokoun

#29 / Goalie 

6-0

195

Jul 02, 1976


 Year  Team GP MIN W L OTL GA GAA SV% SO
 1999  Predators 33 1879 9 20 0 87 2.78 .904 1
 2000  Predators 37 2088 13 17 0 85 2.44 .910 2
 2001  Predators 29 1471 5 14 0 66 2.69 .903 2
 2002  Predators 69 3974 25 31 0 146 2.20 .918 3
 2003  Predators 73 4221 34 29 0 178 2.53 .909 3
 2005  Predators 61 3601 36 18 7 160 2.67 .919 4
 2006  Predators 44 2601 27 12 4 104 2.40 .920 5

 

Defense - Kimmo Timonen

Another "slam dunk" pick, Timonen represented Nashville at the 2004 and 2007 All-Star Games, and was the third captain in the team's history.


Kimmo Timonen

#44 / Defenseman

5-10

194

Mar 18, 1975


 Year  Team GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SOG
 1998  Predators 50 4 8 12 -4 30 1 75
 1999  Predators 51 8 25 33 -5 26 2 97
 2000  Predators 82 12 13 25 -6 50 6 151
 2001  Predators 82 13 29 42 +2 28 9 154
 2002  Predators 72 6 34 40 -3 46 4 144
 2003  Predators 77 12 32 44 -7 52 8 180
 2005  Predators 79 11 39 50 -3 74 8 156
 2006  Predators 80 13 42 55 +20 42 8 121

Defense - Shea Weber

Last season Weber recovered from an injury-riddled 2007-8 campaign and developed into the Norris Trophy candidate that Nashville fans had been hoping for. With an expected spot on the Canadian Olympic team coming soon, and the slow decline of aging stars like Scott Niedermayer and Niklas Lidstrom, will Shea Weber claim the title of best defenseman in the Western Conference this season?


Shea Weber

#6 / Defenseman

6-3

213

Aug 14, 1985


 Year  Team GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SOG
 2005  Predators 28 2 8 10 +8 42 2 46
 2006  Predators 79 17 23 40 +13 60 6 152
 2007  Predators 54 6 14 20 -6 49 5 152
 2008  Predators 81 23 30 53 +1 80 10 251

Winger - Steve Sullivan

The first NHL Award recipient in team history, Sully's Masterton Trophy-winning comeback from serious back injury is just one chapter in what has been an exciting run with the Predators, which started with a hat trick in his very first game for Nashville. Here's to hoping that the fun is just beginning.


Steve Sullivan

#26 / Left Wing

5-9

165

Jul 06, 1974


 Year  Team GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SOG
 2003  Predators 24 9 21 30 +8 12 7 78
 2005  Predators 69 31 37 68 +2 50 13 192
 2006  Predators 57 22 38 60 +16 20 6 122
 2008  Predators 41 11 21 32 +2 30 3 83

Winger - Scott Walker

In the closest race among all the polls, Scott Walker edged Paul Kariya by a mere 7 votes. While his numbers may not have been scintillating, his attitude endeared him to the fans. Read his scouting report for a sample of what he brings to a team, and match that up with "the Predator Way."

Has tremendous heart and leadership qualities. Is an excellent teammate. Can score, kill penalties and even fight if the need arises.


Scott Walker

#24 / Right Wing

5-10

196

Jul 19, 1973


 Year  Team GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SOG
 1998  Predators 71 15 25 40 0 103 0 96
 1999  Predators 69 7 21 28 -16 90 0 98
 2000  Predators 74 25 29 54 -2 66 9 159
 2001  Predators 28 4 5 9 -13 18 1 46
 2002  Predators 60 15 18 33 +2 58 7 124
 2003  Predators 75 25 42 67 +4 94 9 157
 2005  Predators 33 5 11 16 +2 36 1 57

Center - Jason Arnott

Having been the #2 center on a number of very good teams before coming to Nashville, Arnott has assumed the top job with the Predators and thrived, tying his career high for goals last season. The current captain looks forward to perhaps topping that mark now that he has a healthy Steve Sullivan to complement his line with J.P. Dumont. He edged out David Legwand and Cliff Ronning to in a relatively tight 3-way race to make the cut.


Jason Arnott

#19 / Center / Nashville Predators

6-4

220

Oct 11, 1974


 Year  Team GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SOG
 2006  Predators 68 27 27 54 +15 48 12 190
 2007  Predators 79 28 44 72 +19 54 13 248
 2008  Predators 65 33 24 57 +2 49 9 196

 

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all of you who participated in the nomination and voting process!

UPDATE: By popular request, we've added an enforcer to the lineup...

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