OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 28: Ryan Suter #20 of the Nashville Predators and Team Chara gets introduced prior to the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Scotiabank Place on January 28, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Boy, this one will test some sensitivities, won't it?
Heward signed on as a free agent for the Preds' kickoff season of 1998-1999, taking on the tough task of manning the blueline behind a first-year expansion team. It was, however, his first chance for full-time NHL work, and he chipped in with 6 goals and 12 assists (along with a team-worst -24 Plus/Minus). He moved on as a free agent in the summer of 1999, and played for five more teams over the next several years.
Picked up in trade from the New York Rangers in 2000 for Jason Dawe, this Russian defenseman spent most of his time with Milwaukee, playing just two games as a Predator in April of that year. He spent the entirety of 2000-2001 with the Admirals before heading back to his homeland.
Perrott made his NHL debut with the Predators in the 2001-2002 season, suiting up for 22 games with one goal and two assists from the right wing. The rest of that season he played for Milwaukee, and was traded to Toronto after playing one game for Nashville in 2002-2003.
Petrov was picked up in trade from Montreal in early March 2003, and wore the #20 for his first three games with Nashville before switching to #14 for the rest of the campaign. He didn't hit the scoresheet at all during those games.
Warriner was playing out his final NHL season in 2003 when he landed in Nashville for seven games down the stretch, having started the year with Vancouver. He was traded by the Canucks in February to Philadelphia, but the Flyers put him on waivers just a few weeks later, and the Preds claimed him. He picked up the #20 that Petrov had recently abandoned.
Gamache spent parts of two seasons with the Predators, immediately before and after the Great Lockout. He came over from Atlanta in a December 2003 trade, and wore #20 for seven games, scoring one goal. Once hockey resumed in the 2005-2006 season, he had switched to #41.
A prototypical example of the draft-and-develop model that Nashville is known for, Suter was the 7th overall draft pick in the 2003 draft held in Music City. Following the draft he spent one more year at the University of Wisconsin, spent the Lockout year with Milwaukee, and became a full-time NHL player when the league resumed in the fall of 2005.
After seven seasons for the Preds, he stands fourth on the franchise lists in career games played (542) and assists (200). He made his first All-Star Game appearance last season, but took his talents to Minnesota this summer as an unrestricted free agent.
Who is the Greatest #20 in Nashville Predators history?
Simon Gamache (37 votes)
Jamie Heward (15 votes)
John Namestnikov (17 votes)
Nathan Perrott (12 votes)
Oleg Petrov (23 votes)
Ryan Suter (473 votes)
Todd Warriner (7 votes)
584 total votes