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10th Anniversary Profile: Steve Sullivan

Monday, 01.21.2008 / 5:13 PM CT / 10th Anniversary
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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10th Anniversary Profile: Steve Sullivan

The Predators got quite a steal on Feb. 16, 2004 when they acquired Steve Sullivan from the Chicago Blackhawks for a pair of draft picks. A trade made to bolster the offense for a push toward the first playoff berth in franchise history, “Sully” made an immediate impact, posting a hat trick and assisting on another goal in his first game as Pred two days later in a 7-3 victory over the Sharks.

“You look for turning points in franchise history, and I think everybody to a man felt that Steve Sullivan’s first game with the Predators when he scored a hat trick against San Jose was a turning point for our franchise,” said general manager David Poile upon re-signing Sullivan to a four-year contract on Aug. 16, 2005. “It was a day where we all felt we were going to make the playoffs, and that we had taken it up a notch with a quality player.”

Entering the 2007-08 campaign, Sullivan had racked up 158 points (62g-96a) in just 150 games making him the only Predator ever to average more than a point a game. He is the only player in franchise history to record three hat tricks, and his 2005-06 goal total of 31 was tied for the highest ever.

Sullivan has emerged as an NHL star despite the odds being against him throughout his 13-year pro career. Thought to be too small to make it, the 5-8, 165-pound right winger wasn’t taken until 233rd overall by New Jersey in the 1994 Entry Draft. His second team, Toronto, also gave up on the Timmins, Ont., native and placed him on waivers. But, Sullivan has done nothing but prove doubters wrong through the years, reaching the 20-goal plateau eight straight seasons and 60-plus points on eight occasions.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 11 4 7 9 11
R. Josi 11 0 8 -3 8
M. Ekholm 11 3 4 5 7
S. Weber 11 3 4 -3 7
R. Johansen 11 3 4 1 7
J. Neal 11 4 2 1 6
M. Fisher 11 4 2 1 6
R. Ellis 11 0 5 2 5
F. Forsberg 11 2 2 -8 4
C. Smith 8 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 6 5 0 .922 2.22
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00