Preds Historic Season Recognized in Final NHL Awards Voting

While Tuesday’s NHL Awards didn’t go the way many in Nashville had probably hoped – or possibly even expected – the Predators organization had plenty to hang their hat on by the end of the evening.

Predators Captain Roman Josi | came within just 25 points of taking home his second James Norris Memorial Trophy – the closest margin of voting for the annual defensive award since the Ottawa Senators’ Erik Karlsson edged Nashville’s former captain Shea Weber in 2012.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Presenting the 2021-22 First All-Star Team.Auston Matthews, who captured multiple #NHLAwards tonight with the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP & Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player, heads the list of players as voted by @ ThePHWA.#NHLStats: https://t.co/R1Enw3ReAv pic.twitter.com/uAJ9MXV5uM

Though he didn’t return home with any additional hardware, Josi’s historic 96-point performance during the 2021-22 campaign did earn him a spot on the NHL’s First All-Star Team for the second time in his career.

Video: Defenseman Alexandre Carrier’s Top Plays of 2021-22

There were plenty of reasons to be optimistic about Nashville’s defensive future too, as a rookie blueliner Alexandre Carrier earned a spot on the NHL’s 2021-22 All-Rookie Team with 95 votes. Carrier had a record-setting season with Nashville as well, tallying 27 assists and 30 points, both the most by a rookie defenseman in Predators history. He also led the Predators and placed third among NHL rookies with a +26 rating, the franchise record for any rookie skater.

Video: Tanner Jeannot’s Top 10 Goals of 2021-22

On the subject of Preds rookies, winger Tanner Jeannot once again found his name in Calder Trophy discussion, finishing seventh in voting for the award after a rookie-leading 24-goal performance during the regular season.

Video: Top 10 Juuse Saros Saves of 2021-22

Finally, there was much to be proud of in Juuse Saros, a Vezina Trophy finalist in his first season as starting goaltender. Saros finished third in Vezina Trophy voting after finishing sixth the season prior, a sign that perhaps the best is yet to come for the young netminder. In a regular season performance that saw Saros record 38 wins, a 2.54 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage, that prospect should be enough to excite any Smashvillian for the years to come.

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