Alexander Radulov (2006-2007)
Most Nashville Predators fans to this day still cringe over the thought of Alexander Radulov and how he departed the organization. He eventually left the organization after being suspended.
Fans still can’t get over losing a player like Radulov and the fact that he wanted to play elsewhere overseas instead of playing for the Nashville Predators. Be that as it may, his rookie season made a huge splash.
We hadn’t really ever seen such a dynamic player in a Predators uniform up to that point, but it’s also worth noting that this particular Predators team was loaded with some offensive playmakers like Paul Kariya, Jason Arnott, J.P. Dumont and Martin Erat.
This was fair to say the best Predators team assembled to date for the franchise’s history, and the hope was Radulov could be the next big star for the Predators.
Radulov would finish his rookie season with 18 goals, 19 assists, four game-winning goals and a massive 18.8 shooting percentage. He made the most of his scoring opportunities that helped him finish 9th in the Calder Trophy voting.