NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 17: Ben Scrivens #30 of the Toronto Maple Leafs makes a save on Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on November 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Since David Legwand is the only #11 in Nashville Predators history, our series of jersey number polls skips up to #12, featuring seven players who served from the very first game the Preds ever played, all the way up to a popular leader on today's team.
Smyth played just three games for Nashville during the opening month in franchise history (including the very first game on October 10, 1998), spending the rest of that season with Milwaukee. In May 1999, he was traded to the Rangers for that ultimate prospect, "Future Considerations".
Originally a New York Islanders draft pick, Valicevic picked up the #12 from Smyth later in the 1998-1999 season, playing 19 games that year and adding 140 more over the next two. His best pro campaign came in 1999-2000, with 14 goals and 11 assists patrolling the right wing for the Preds.
He does hold one remarkable spot in Nashville lore. On November 10, 1999, he recorded the first hat trick in franchise history, a 4-2 road win at Chicago. He still holds the franchise record for the fastest three goals by an individual in a road game, as they all came within a span of 11:12 of the first period that night.
A rough-and-tumble scrapper straight out of Flin Flon who played 301 NHL games for a total of 9 teams, Simpson was claimed off waivers by the Preds in January 2002 and played 26 games down the stretch that season, along with 26 more the next season before leaving as a free agent. All in all, he tallied 5 goals and one assist in those 52 games, but a hefty 125 penalty minutes!
Sarault was a winger who spent portions of 8 different seasons in the NHL, and capped off his time in the bigs with one game playing for Nashville in the 2001-2002 season, coming on December 2 against Anaheim. He logged 5:15 in ice time but didn't record any points.
Scooter was a heart & soul checking center and penalty killing specialist during his Nashville run covering the first four seasons following the Great Lockout. Nichol's feisty style was always appealing to fans (even if it did sometimes boil over and cause headaches), and it's a testament to his drive and competitiveness that he's still chipping away at age 37, signed up for another year in St. Louis.
A workmanlike plugger on the wing, Thuresson's apex came during the 2009-2010 season when he played 22 games for Nashville, scoring his lone NHL goal. He suited up for three games with the Preds the next season, but was more of a full-time Milwaukee Admiral for four seasons, before heading back over the Atlantic.
Carrie Underwood's husband made quite a splash when he arrived ahead of the 2011 Trade Deadline, and has fit in smoothly right from Day One. He serves as a leader on the ice and off, and seems well-suited to be a public face for the team.
In 99 regular season games for Nashville, Fisher has put up 29 goals and 34 assists. In 22 playoff contests, he's chipped in four goals and seven assists.
Who is the greatest #12 in Nashville Predators history?
Mike Fisher (438 votes)
Scott Nichol (90 votes)
Yves Sarault (2 votes)
Reid Simpson (4 votes)
Brad Smyth (1 vote)
Andreas Thuresson (3 votes)
Rob Valicevic (23 votes)
561 total votes