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10th: The First Players

Monday, 02.25.2008 / 7:35 PM CT / 10th Anniversary
By Sarah Ryan  - Nashville Predators
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10th: The First Players
June 26 & 27, 1998

Taking the first steps to building a solid expansion team, the Nashville Predators selected 26 players from around the National Hockey League at the 1998 Expansion Draft on June 26.

Some of those players originally picked in the Expansion Draft never actually played for the team. Selected as bargaining chips, they allowed Predator’s management to make deals and acquire players more suited to the organization.

“This expansion draft has provided us with 26 opportunities to help shape our franchise,” General Manager David Poile said. “We have selected a number of players who will be important parts of the 1998-99 inaugural Predators team, while other selections will enable us to acquire additional draft picks or players. As we build this team for 1998-99 and beyond.”

At the Expansion Draft alone, the Preds traded for nine other players, including instant contributors like Sebastien Bordeleau, Sergei Krivokrasov, and Kimmo Timonen.

While there are no remaining players from the Expansion Draft, several of the draftees did don a Predators’ uniform -- and made an impact in the process. Players like Greg Johnson and Scott Walker will be remembered as important pieces of the Predator’s puzzle, as will goaltender Tomas Vokoun.

The next day, the Predators participated in their first Entry Draft and made an immediate splash trading up from the No. 3 slot to the No. 2 slot to secure the rights to David Legwand, forever linked as the first draft choice in franchise history. The Preds selected Denis Arkhipov, Geoff Koch, Kent Sauer, Martin Beauchesne, Craig Brunel, Martin Bartek, and Karlis Skrastins with their remaining draft choices.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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

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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