ESPN 102.5 The Game launched a new series featuring the Top 20 Predators of All Time on Thursday. The Game will release a new Predator every weekday leading up to the October fifth season opener. To kick off the countdown former Center Greg Johnson comes in at number 20.
Johnson began his career in Nashville when David Poile claimed him in the NHL’s expansion draft on June 26, 1998.
Johnson totaled 238 points as a member of the Predators – with 93 goals throughout his tenure in Nashville. His best season with the Preds came in the inaugural season in which he garnered 50 points (16g-34a).
Johnson was named the second captain in Preds history in 2003. In the same season he led Nashville to its first playoff appearance in the 2003 – ‘04 season.
Here’s a breakdown of each season Johnson played in Smashville:
|1998 – ‘99||16||34||Johnson was the top center on the Preds’ inaugural team|
|1999 – ‘00||11||33||Appeared in all 82 games that season|
|2000 – ‘01||15||17||Helped Preds reach the 100 win plateau|
|2001 – ‘02||18||26||Tied for best goal scoring season of his NHL career|
|2002 – ‘03||8||9||Missed most of season due to concussion|
|2003 – ‘04||14||18||Led the Preds to their first playoff appearance|
|2005 – ‘06||11||8||His final NHL season, returned to the playoffs with Preds|
His final NHL season, returned to the playoffs with Preds
(All stats courtesy hockey-reference.com)
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