The Nashville Predators Mike Fisher likely had one of the most memorable seasons of his 16 NHL Seasons.
And the Nashville Predators are lucky to still have him around. He made some memories for them this season too.
At this point in his career, Mike Fisher is much more than just his numbers. The numbers weren’t quite as good this season for the gritty center but he offers an immeasurable amount with his veteran presence.
It’s that day-to-day professional attitude that the young players see in the locker room and on the ice. The Nashville Predators had more than a dozen players 25 years-old and under this season. There were times when they had as many as five rookies in the lineup on a given night. Those young players looked up to Mike Fisher.
He has a blue collar attitude that the residents of Smashville just love. If you go to his personal website, there is a quote by David Poile that explains him perfectly.
"“He plays playoff-style hockey all season long” – David Poile"
That is what you want your young players to see, someone that knows how to be a professional. Someone that shows up each and every game, every shift, every play. For 16 years and over 1,000 NHL Hockey games.
That is one of the first memories of this season for Mike Fisher. Back in March, he was joined by his country superstar wife, Carrie Underwood and young son, Isaiah to celebrate being only the 301st player in League history to make that mark.
It was a great night. He received gifts from the Preds and the NHL and a scoreboard tribute from athletes and musical stars.
And of course, he scored one of his patented hard-working goals that night against the Los Angeles Kings by diving over Drew Doughty to get his own rebound and push it past goalie Jonathan Quick while he was still in midair.
It was one of the most memorable goals of the season for the Nashville Predators. They won the game 5-2 on Mike Fisher night.
And then the playoffs happened…and Mike Fisher was right at the center of them. He was having a nice playoff series anyway, but in Game 4 in the second round with the Nashville Predators trailing the series 2-1, Mike Fisher scored his second goal of the game in the THIRD overtime to win the game for the Preds.
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It was a moment that will go down in Nashville Predators history. Where were you when Mike Fisher scored the 3 OT goal to win the game against San Jose? Quite a memorable goal.
Let’s do a quick Grade here for Mike Fisher:
The positives were described above. He is an amazing influence on the young Preds. He brings his game every night and found a way to raise it to new heights in the playoffs. He is a true professional in every sense of the word. And he scored the most memorable goal in Nashville Predators history.
During the regular season, Fisher had his worst season scoring-wise as a Predator. 13 goals and only 23 points and a minus -14 Plus/Minus. Most of that was spent centering the third line with multiple wingers. He served his purpose and then some.
There are some that may feel that is generous with the scoring line he had this season. It is the playoffs that raise it to where it is. If we didn’t have Mike Fisher in the playoffs we would have never played as long as we did this year.
There is a distinct possibility that next year will be the final season we get to watch Mike Fisher play in Smashville. We need to embrace every moment and memory.