Nashville Predators: Counting Down the Top Centers in Team History

ST. PAUL, MN - NOVEMBER 16: Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) reacts after scoring in the 1st period to make it 1-0 during the Central Division game between the Nashville Predators and the Minnesota Wild on November 16, 2017 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN - NOVEMBER 16: Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) reacts after scoring in the 1st period to make it 1-0 during the Central Division game between the Nashville Predators and the Minnesota Wild on November 16, 2017 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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David Legwand

Former long-time Predators and fan-favorite David Legwand is our top center in team history. This beloved centerman spent 15 years with Nashville and has the distinction of being the Predators’ first-ever draft pick.

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As a 19-year-old and in his first full NHL season with the Predators, Legwand managed 28 points, 15 assists and 13 goals on a team that was lacking a lot of high-end talent.

Legwand’s best year stats-wise was the 2006-2007 season, where he garnered a career-high 63 points. That same season, Legwand also picked up 27 goals, which was another career-high.

Over his long and storied career with the Predators, Legwand racked up several team records that still stand today. His team records include:

  • Most Goals (210)
  • Most Assists (356)
  • Most Points (566)
  • Most Games Played (956)
  • Most Game-Winning Goals (41)

At the trade deadline in 2014, Legwand was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Calle Jarnkrok, Patrick Eaves, and a draft pick, thus ending his 15-year career with the Predators.

Legwand will always hold a special place in the hearts of Predators fans everywhere. And we can all honestly say that the Predators connected big time with their first draft pick as an expansion franchise in 1998.

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