Predators: Three Players We Should Most Be Thankful for on Thanksgiving

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 21: Ryan Johansen #92 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks at Bridgestone Arena on November 21, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 21: Ryan Johansen #92 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks at Bridgestone Arena on November 21, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 12: Craig Smith #15 celebrates his goal with Viktor Arvidsson #33 of the Nashville Predators against the Colorado Avalanche in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Players we left out

We can’t name everyone, but there are a few honorable mentions to get to. First off, Viktor Arvidsson will always be beloved here. I remember the first game he was in all the way back in March 2015 and wondering who this little guy was skating all over the ice.

Let’s be thankful that Arvidsson’s injury wasn’t worse and he’ll hopefully be back in the next month. At the very least, the Predators will hopefully be firmly in the playoff picture and he’ll be back to 100 percent.

Another honorable mention to get to is Juuse Saros. He’s the future of the franchise in net. He’s playing outstanding hockey as of late during Rinne’s struggles. He has back-to-back wins over the Stanley Cup champion St.Louis Blues.

We have to be thankful that the Predators appear to be set in net for many years to come after Rinne retires. Saros has proven plenty of times that he’s the guy to take over, and his potential is to be one of the top goaltenders in the league in the future.

Finally, I’m ending this piece of gratitude for GM David Poile and how he’s built so many great teams over the years. Not just that, but he’s built a consistent roster that’s regularly made the playoffs and brought an excellent product of hockey to Nashville.

The ultimate gratitude and thanks goes to Poile for everything he’s done to build this franchise and grow the sport of hockey in Nashville. He’s not done yet either. My belief is he has plenty more great moves up his sleeve in the near future.