Individual Scoring Records of the Nashville Predators
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Individual Scoring Records of the Nashville Predators

The National Hockey League's Nashville Predators excel at a defensive strategy. It shows in their low, low individual scoring records.

The Nashville Predators entered the National Hockey League for the 1998-99 season. The Predators have done well for an expansion team by qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs six of their first twelve seasons. As a comparison, the Atlanta Thrashers, who entered the NHL the following season, have made it into the playoffs on just one occasion.

Unfortunately for the Predators, they entered the NHL at the point in time when offense had all but died. Actually, this probably has a lot to do with the Predators relative success as they have adapted well to the defensive game. However, individual stats are abysmal and the team records are almost laughable compared to other teams in the league.

This season, 2010-11, was no exception. The Nashville Predators made the playoffs and won their first ever playoff round. The top point getters on the team during the regular season were Sergei Kostitsyn and Martin Erat who tied at 50 points. Kostitsyn led the team with just 23 goals.

As low as Sergei’s goal total was, he was only ten away from tying the team record. In 2008-09, Jason Arnott scored 33 times, the most in Predators history. Arnott is one of only four players to surpass thirty goals in a regular season wearing a Nashville jersey.

Following right behind Jason for the most goals in a season is Paul Kariya with 31 scored during the 2005-06 season. Kariya is currently the owner of Nashville’s record for most assists in a season. In fact, Kariya has the team’s two highest season totals for assists. In 2005-06, Paul assisted on 54 goals and the following season, he assisted on 52. Kariya is the only Predator to surpass 50 assists in a season.

Paul Kariya also holds the team record for the most points in a season. In 2005-06, Kariya had 85 points and is the only Nashville player to contribute more than 80 points in a season. In fact, there are only four who have accumulated more than 70 points in a season. In comparison, Wayne Gretzky’s NHL record for most points in a season is 215, set in 1985-86. Gretzky’s point total in 1985-86 is more than 2.5 times more than the point total of Kariya twenty years later.

David Legwand was the first ever draft pick of the Nashville Predators and has been with the team since their second season. Therefore, it is no surprise that Legwand is Nashville’s career leader in goals, assists, points and, of course, games. Legwand maxed out in 2006-07 with 27 goals and 63 points.

Regardless of their lack of offensive output, the Predators have achieved relative success for an expansion team in the National Hockey League.

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