Captain Candidates if Nashville Predators Didn’t Have Roman Josi

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 26: Ryan McDonagh #27 of the Nashville Predators follows through on a shot against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Bridgestone Arena on March 26, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 26: Ryan McDonagh #27 of the Nashville Predators follows through on a shot against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Bridgestone Arena on March 26, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /
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Looking into the Crystal Ball, Who Could be Next Nashville Predators Captain?

First we have to think about how many more years Roman Josi will be playing in the NHL, which I would put in the neighborhood of four or five more seasons. He’ll retain the Captain’s patch until he hangs up the skates and retires as a member of the Nashville Predators.

Josi has “No Move Clause” protection in his contract that run until 2028, in which case Josi may retire as a Predator.

Obviously this is pure speculation and looking way out into the future, but Cody Glass is the first player that comes to mind if things pan out like the organization is hoping it will.

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Glass becomes the top line center of this organization after signing a multi-year deal in the offseason of 2025, if not before then. He continues his trend of being a leader both on and off the ice.

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It’s been incredibly inspiring to watch Glass battle through adversity after his stint with the franchise that drafted him in the top-10, joins the Predators and then just keeps fighting for roster time on the NHL.

If I’m forced to take a bet on who the next captain is way down the road after Josi retires, I’m probably going with the safe bet of Forsberg because he’ll still be the legacy Nashville Predators veteran who deserves that status post-Josi.

However, Glass should be a solid second choice if for some reason Forsberg is no longer on this team or active on the roster.

Another player to think of is Philip Tomasino if he remains long-term with the Predators. Although much more of a long-shot swing in the dark.

Aside from that, the next captain of the Nashville Predators is probably still in the farm system somewhere and waiting to be called up. Maybe Matthew Wood, Tanner Molendyk or Egor Afanasyev? Who knows.