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Nashville Predators Career Goal Scoring Leaders
The Nashville Predators entered the NHL in 1999, and while it took several years for them to become competitive, the team did make the playoffs four straight seasons from 2003-2008 and lost in the conference quarterfinals each time. It’s a young but proud franchise that has managed to stay competitive in a small market. Here is a short list of the Predators’ leading goal scorers to date:
David Legwand (146)—Center David Legwand has been with the Predators his entire career, from 1999 until currently as I write this in 2009. Legwand leads the Predators all-time with 146 goals, but he has never had more than 27 in a single season. That was in 2006-07, when Legwand had career highs in goals (27), assists (36) and total points (63), as well as in plus/minus (+23).
Martin Erat (106)—Right wing Martin Erat has also played his entire career in Nashville so far, since 2001. Erat ranks second in franchise history with 106 goals, and his best season to date was 2007-08. That year, Erat had a career best 23 goals, and added 34 assists to give him 57 total points (tied career high).
Jason Arnott (97)—Journeyman center Jason Arnott has been with the Preds since 2006, and already ranks third in their history with 97 goals. Arnott scored 76 points with Dallas in 2005-06, but his best season with the Predators was 2008-09, when he tied a career high with 33 goals, and added 24 assists for 57 total points.
Scott Walker (96)—Right wing Scott Walker was an original Predator, and played for them from 1998 to 2006. Walker ranks fourth in team history with 96 goals, and he had his best season as a pro in Nashville, in 2003-04. That year, Walker had career highs in goals (25), assists (42) and total points (67).
Greg Johnson (93)—Center Greg Johnson played in Nashville from 1998 to 2006, and ranks tied for fifth in franchise history with 93 goals. He tied a career high with 18 goals in 2001-02, but Johnson’s best season was arguably 1998-99. That year, Johnson had 16 goals, as well as career highs in assists (34) and total points (50).
Scott Hartnell (93)—Left wing Scott Hartnell played for the Predators from 2000 to 2007, and ranks tied for fifth with Johnson in the team’s history with 93 goals. Hartnell had his best season in Nashville in 2005-06, when he scored 25 goals and added 23 assists for 48 total points.