Nashville Predators: Upcoming Franchise Milestones for Key Players

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Roman Josi #59, Viktor Arvidsson #33, and Ryan Ellis #4 of the Nashville Predators (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Roman Josi #59, Viktor Arvidsson #33, and Ryan Ellis #4 of the Nashville Predators (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 17: Goaltender Juuse Saros #74 of the Nashville Predators looks down ice during the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on October 17, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 5-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 17: Goaltender Juuse Saros #74 of the Nashville Predators looks down ice during the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on October 17, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 5-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Saros’ future is now

There’s no more waiting for Juuse Saros to take over for Pekka Rinne. The changing of the guard has already happened.

As Saros starts piling up consistent starts as the team’s primary starter, he’ll gradually start moving up the wins list for the Predators. He’s already about to pass a Predators legend in Chris Mason, who now does commentary covering the Predators for Fox Sports Tennessee.

Mason was an oustanding goaltender for the Predators, but his time here was somewhat brief as he just played in 146 career games before going to the St.Louis Blues.

Saros currently has 55 career wins, and needs just four more to tie Mason in that department. He’ll definitely do that, and also pass the franchise’s first starting goaltender in Mike Dunham, who has 81 wins.

After that, some distance is created as you have Tomas Vokoun at 161 wins and the G.O.A.T in Rinne with 359 wins and counting. Saros, or any other Predators goaltender, may never catch that milestone.

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Some honorable mention milestones that are getting close:

  • Josi 30 points away from passing Shea Weber on all-time list. Will almost certainly claim that spot in next two or three seasons.
  • Josi six assists away from single season record held by Paul Kariya. He may do it if the season resumes.
  • Forsberg two power play goals away from passing Kimmo Timonen on most power play goals.
  • Forsberg 11 goals shy of tying David Legwand for game-winning goals at 41.
  • Craig Smith active Predators leader for games played with 661, with Pekka Rinne at 659.

All statistics and records are via hockey-reference.com. All contract info is via CapFriendly.com.