There haven’t been many positive things for the Nashville Predators to focus on in the past few weeks, as the team has now been eliminated from playoff contention and has lost seven consecutive games. Injuries to Colin Wilson and Gabriel Bourque have now put longtime Predator David Legwand atop the team’s scoring leaderboard (alongside defenseman Shea Weber). While his totals – 11 goals, 23 points – aren’t super impressive, Legwand is closing in on two big milestones with the Predators.
The second overall pick in the 1998 draft, Legwand had spent his entire career with the Predators and is just 10 games shy of appearing in 900 games. He has a healthy lead as the Predators’ franchise leader in that category, and he also ranks first in goals, assists and points. With only four games remaining in the regular season, Legwand won’t reach the milestone this season but he is signed for next year as well and should have no trouble reaching it if he stays healthy. He has appeared in all 44 games for the Predators this season, and could play out a complete schedule for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
The other milestone the veteran center is nearing could very well be reached before the end of the season. Legwand has scored 199 career goals, just one shy of the 200-goal plateau. He’s pretty safe there for awhile, as the next closest active Predators are Weber (107) and Patric Hornqvist (84). With little to be cheerful about, Legwand’s consistent play this season has been a positive for the Predators, and the team should soon get to honor his two big accomplishments.