Former Predators captain and fan-favorite Mike Fisher enters our list at No.3. He spent eight seasons with the Predators, including a brief comeback out of retirement for 16 games in his final NHL season.
The Ottawa Senators initially drafted Fisher in 1998, where he played for 11 seasons. His best season in Ottawa was in 2009-20010. That year he had career-highs points and goals with 53 points and 25 goals, respectively.
Before the trade deadline in 2011, Fisher was traded to the Predators for a first-round pick and another conditional pick. He played his first game in a Predators sweater on February 12, 2011.
Fisher remained relatively consistent during his time in Nashville. He had a couple of off years, but for the most part, he continued to post good numbers.
In 2016, Fisher was named the captain for the Predators. You can argue he’s the best team captain in franchise history. Just an outstanding all-around leader and representative of the franchise.
Check out what Ryan Ellis said about FIsher’s leadership during media day for the Stanley Cup Final back in 2017, per Thomas Willis of the Predators official website:
"“We have some great leaders in this room. You look at Mike [Fisher], terrific human, just a great person off the ice. What he brings to the locker room, he goes out and works hard every single night.”"
Fisher was an integral part of the 2017 team that made it to the Stanley Cup Final. The key injury to Johansen occurred, but Fisher kept the team rolling and that series was closer than the 4-2 finish indicates on paper.
In one memorable playoff game the season before, Fisher hit the triple-overtime game-winner against San Jose, ending the longest playoff game in Predators’ history.
After the Stanley Cup, Fisher retired from the NHL briefly before coming back for 16 games the next season.
Fisher’s long and fulfilling NHL career had officially come to an end, but he definitely goes down as one of the best centers and players in general in Predators history. He remains active with the organization and makes appearances regularly.