Pekka Rinne was drafted in eighth round (258th) in the 2004 NHL draft. He is the only current Predators player that is in this category. Maybe down the road a few more players will make the list, but right now, he is the only one currently still active with the team. Rinne is probably the most popular player in franchise history. What’s not to like about the guy?
Rinne had big shoes, or skates, to fill after Tomas Vokoun. Even though Rinne’s numbers be tiling off at times, he has been elite as well. He is a four-time All-Star and has been in the top-three of the Vezina Trophy four times, including taking the trophy home finally in the 2017-18 season. Only thing left to add to his resume is a Stanley Cup, which he came within two wins of doing. He helped take the Predators as close as you can almost get to the top of the NHL hierarchy.
When Rinne is healthy and going strong, the Predators are a dangerous team. I absolutely think is a lock. The best goalie in franchise history, and maybe even the best Finnish-born goaltender ever. We should end up seeing No.35 hanging up in the Bridgestone Arena rafters one day.
Here some stats for his case.
–22nd in NHL history in Wins(341) and should 19th by the end of the season.
–12th in NHL history with in save percentage with a 0.919 and could possibly move up the ranks this season.
–43rd in NHL history in games played(623) and should be in top 30 by the end of the season.
–21st in NHL history in goals against average(GAA)(2.38) and could possibly move up the ranks by the end of the season.
–22nd in NHL History in shutouts(55) and should end up in the 17th spot by the end of the season.
People question whether he is Hall of fame worthy or not, by the end of his career, he should and will be, especially if he wins the Stanley Cup.