One player notorious for being the enforcer in Predators franchise history is Tootoo. His exit out of Nashville rubbed a lot of fans the wrong way, but you can’t discount his impact. First off, no player up to that point had every reached his fandom. Fans couldn’t get enough of him and his intensity.
Every shift Tootoo was on, I expected a fight or scuffle. You love the fighting element of hockey, and Tootoo brought that in a Predators uniform. His offense wasn’t too shabby, either. His last season in Nashville was his best all-around season with 30 points. However, triple digits in penalty minutes for the majority of his Nashville seasons shows his style of play.
I have to be honest about not realizing how many seasons he actually has in a Predators uniform. Seven seasons of intense hockey that got fans extremely pumped up during a time when the franchise was in jeopardy. The heated fan response to his breakup to go to the Red Wings, of all teams, illustrates his importance to the fans. Tootoo had a lackluster 2016-17 season with the Blackhawks most recently. Going to two rivals might hurt his Predators legacy, but there’s no denying the electricity he brought to games.