David Legwand‘s number 11 should be raised to the rafters in Nashville and never worn again. The Nashville Predators are one of just a few NHL teams that have not retired any jersey numbers in their franchise history. It’s only a matter of time before it happens, and number 11 deserves to be the first.
The Original Predator
There are a number of reasons why David Legwand should be the first Predator to have his number retired. The first being, he is the original Predator. Legwand was Nashville’s first ever draft pick; taken second overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. This earned him the nickname, “The Original Predator.”
Career With Nashville
On top of being “The Original Predator”, Legwand also spent a large majority of his NHL career with the Predators. His first full NHL season came in 1999-00. From then on, he spent 14 seasons and 956 games with the Preds. Also, he was an alternate captain on the team for his final three years, before being traded to Detroit. Legwand was a huge piece of the Predator’s organization from the time he was drafted until the 2013-14 season when he was traded. He was a pioneer for the franchise. He grew with the organization as they went from new expansion team to perennial Western Conference playoff contender.
David Legwand is the longest tenured Predator in franchise history. He spent 15 years in the organization, 14 of those in the NHL. Because of this, he is also the franchise leader in just about every offensive category. He is the Predator’s franchise leader in goals (210), assists (356), points (566), game winning goals (41), and games played (956). If leading the franchise in almost every offensive category isn’t reason enough to have your number retired, what is?
There is no one more deserving to have their number retired by the Nashville Predators than David Legwand. After all, he is “The Original Predator”. Not only was he Nashville’s first ever draft pick, but he also spent most of his career with the team and leads the franchise in almost every offensive category. What are the Predator’s waiting for? Legwand has been retired since 2016. He not only deserves to be the first Predator to have his number retired, it should happen ASAP. There are some other players who will also have their jersey’s retired by the Preds, but no one else deserves to be the first. It’s time Nashville, let’s make this happen next season.
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