The Captain Takes his Thrown in Nashville Predators History
Well, we might as well stay in the infamous 2021-22 breakout campaign for individual performances by the Nashville Predators.
Roman Josi had one of the best offensive seasons from a defenseman in around 40 years in the NHL. And yet still fell just shy of the Norris Trophy to Cale Makar. But we’ll leave that alone.
Josi’s 96 points sits atop the franchise all-time list for points in a single season, and I’m not sure anyone on this current roster will ever break that. Maybe Forsberg has one more go of it, or perhaps Josi can take a run at his own record.
Diving into Josi’s historic numbers, he played in 80 games, recorded 37 of his 96 points on the power play, and also set a new franchise record for assists in a season with 73. That record was previously owned by Paul Kariya (2005-06) with 54.
Another interesting new Predators record set by Josi was shots on goal with 281, and with the next closest in that category being Patric Hornqvist 275 in 2009-10.
It got to the point of greed that I wanted Josi to finish at the 100-point milestone, but watching him pile up the points during that year was some of the most joy I’ve ever had following this Predators team for two-plus decades.
Honorable Mention Candidates
-Steve Sullivan (2005-06): Joining Kariya’s outstanding year, Sullivan was extremely efficient with 68 in 69 games and held the highest Point-Per-Game average in Predators history up until 2021-22.
– J.P. Dumont (2007-08): How can we forget the fan favorite J.P. Dumont? Still has a top-10 record in points for a season with 72 in 80 games. A balanced offensive player with 29 goals and 43 assists, and before the Predators had broken past the 1st Round of the playoffs.
– Juuse Saros (2020-21): Saros finally graduated and took the mantle from Pekka Rinne during this year, and impressively stood tall with a .927 save percentage and a 2.28 GAA. Both just shy of Pekka’s personal career highs set in 2010-11. Saros also added 3 shutouts and finished 6th in the Vezina Trophy voting.