Scott Hartnell, LW, 2000, #6 Pick in the First Round
The Nashville Predators took Scott Hartnell with the 6th overall pick in 2000. That fall he became the youngest player in Nashville Predators history and was the youngest player in the entire NHL. He played six seasons with the Preds and accumulated 93 goals and 211 points in 436 points. He also had 544 penalty minutes.
He also had 544 penalty minutes which still ranks third all-time for the Predators just behind Shea Weber. And there are no active players even in the Top 10. He still ranks in the Top 10 all-time for the Preds in Goals, Power Play Goals, and Game-Winning Goals.
On a dark day in Predators history, he was shipped to Philadelphia along with Kimmo Timonen in the great Salary Purge of Craig Leopold. The Predators received a late first round pick in return. He went on to play seven years for Philly and scored a bunch of goals and penalty minutes.
He has had nine seasons of 20 or more goals and two of those were 30 and 37 in 2011-12. That year he made the All-Star team. He has been a leader and an incredibly solid goal scorer everywhere he has played. He’s been with Columbus the past two seasons and scored 28 and 23 goals at the age of 33 and 34.
He was rumored to be traded back to the Nashville Predators a couple times last season. There are still rumors swirling. He was definitely one of the best First Round picks the Nashville Predators have ever made.
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