Nashville Predators: Players deserving consideration for captain

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NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 03: Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 03: Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Roman Josi

The heir apparent to the throne of Predators Captain is Roman Josi. Since 2015, Josi served as the Alternate Captain for the team. It seems to be the obvious choice for the role. An understated star, much like Fisher. One that can put up points and play great defense. The all around player. Mike Wade agrees.

Mike’s thoughts: This was the plan all along, in my opinion. Josi wasn’t quite ready for the role, so they gave it to Fisher who was going to be done in 1-2 years anyway. Number 59 possesses solid leadership traits, including serious determination on the ice and respect for the game. He’s also a fan favorite and has built a great relationship with his teammates in Nashville.

Perhaps most importantly, Josi has a great ability to keep his mouth shut and play his game. Mike Fisher was an expert in this, which helps the team immensely. Josi’s perpetual focus has benefitted his point production: in nearly 400 games with the Predators, the 27-year old has recorded 67 goals and 180 assists – fantastic numbers for a defenseman. In 2016-17, he had the highest average time on ice – 25:04 – of any skater for Nashville.

Be it a warm up skate or a playoff game, Roman Josi is a quiet, diligent leader who will inspire teammates to focus on the task at hand and stay away from needless distractions.