Pekka Rinne (2008-2009)
It’s only fitting that the greatest of all-time in Predators history also had one of the best rookie seasons in the franchise’s history.
Pekka Rinne burst onto the NHL scene for a Predators team in 2008 that was gradually turning into a respected NHL contender. He put up 49 starts in his rookie season to push the Predators right on the cusp of a playoff berth.
Rinne would come up just short of claiming the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year in the NHL. Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason would win the award.
What really stands out from Rinne’s rookie campaign is he put up seven shutouts. Ever since then he’s climbed up the all-time goaltending ranks in NHL history, especially in wins and shutouts.
It’s hard to believe that Rinne is still currently putting up big games for the Predators and remains loyal to the organization. You’re going to have a hard time topping this rookie season in Predators history.