Deciding who should be number 1 and 2 on this list is like picking a favorite son. But I will show favoritism. At #2 on this list is Jason Arnott. He had a storied career before even dressing in a Predators jersey. He exploded on the scene with 68 points as a rookie with Edmonton. He scored the double-overtime, Stanley Cup-winning goal for New Jersey in the 2000 playoffs. He jumped ship to play for Dallas who he scored that goal against. But what matters here is that on July 2, 2006, Jason Arnott signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators.
David Poile was “ thrilled to add a player of his caliber to our lineup“. It truly was a great signing, albeit towards the end of Arnott’s career, but he cranked out some good seasons for the Predators. He was a 70 point scorer in 07-08 and a 30 goal scorer a year later. He led the team to the playoffs three out of the four years he was with the team, and he wore the ‘C’ from 2007-10.
Arnott’s 33 goals in 08-09 are still a Predators season-high. He also takes the number one spot with .39 goals per game. With four seasons as a Nashville Predator, he will go down as an all-time great and one of the best free agent signings.