Radulov was the first lethal goal scorer that I can remember the Predators having. Sure, there were a handful of guys who could chip in here and there. Radulov’s came in with the Predators during the 2006-07 season and put up 18 goals over 64 games. That number seems modest today, but at that time the Predators were not known for goal scorers. His plus-19 rating in his first season with Nashville puts a bigger spotlight on his immediate impact.
His ability to score as a young players isn’t what puts him on this list. It was his passion and fiery nature that the Predators had never seen before. He came in blazing and brought an excitement that fans had never seen to that point. The franchise wasn’t even a decade old yet.
We all know that Radulov’s breakup with the Predators is an ugly one. Leaving that aside, he’s easily one of the scariest players of the franchise’s history. His ability to score goals without much aide from his teammates makes him a scary proposition for the other team. It’s too bad he didn’t spend more than two seasons with Nashville.