Technically speaking, Tom Fitzgerald signed as a free agent after the Nashville Predators expansion draft. He signed a few weeks after the draft on July 6, 1998. He was a former first-round pick of the Islanders in 1986, but he is most known as the Predators first-ever team Captain.
In a “Where are they now?” interview on the Predators website, Tom said, “I held wearing the ‘C’ in high esteem and I am thankful for that, and the Predator organization.” He did what few other players have done; he led a completely new, young team in its infancy stage and put Nashville on the map.
Tom Fitzgerald is held high in the hearts of many Nashville Predator fans. He was the first leader of the team. As a free agent signing, he will always be one of the most important signings in team history.