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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 - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61