With 10 complete seasons in the books, this summer makes a fitting time to reflect on the history of the Nashville Predators. Towards that end, I am opening the floor for nominations for an All-Time Nashville Predators Team, to recognize the outstanding players in this franchise's history. The criteria here are of your own choosing. Feel free to cite statistics, recall pivotal moments in the history of the team, or personal observations that make your candidate stand out from the rest.
Next week, the nominees will be organized into polls which will then determine the lineup...
There are a number of contenders here, from the Original Predator David Legwand (who leads the franchise in Games Played, Goals, Assists, and Points) to current captain Jason Arnott, and previous stalwarts like Greg Johnson (who led the team to its first playoff appearance) or Cliff Ronning.
Do you like the modern offensive stars like Martin Erat, Steve Sullivan and J.P. Dumont, or pluggers like Scott Walker? How about the original captain of the Predators, Tom Fitzgerald?
While Shea Weber and Kimmo Timonen are likely favorites here, Ryan Suter has also developed into an elite performer, and before him you had Andy Delmore popping in goals from the blueline.
Tomas Vokoun made the All-Star Game as a Nashville Predator, but Mike Dunham had his fans as well, and Pekka Rinne stands ready to assume the mantle in goal. Chris Mason and Dan Ellis rose to the occasion and saved the team's season in 2007 and 2008 respectively, so I'm sure they'll garner some support as well.
So I ask you, Predators fans - in the comments below, or through your own FanPost, submit your nominations for the All-Time Nashville Predators Team!