Roman Josi has been named the captain of the Nashville Predators.
The 27-year-old defenceman has spent his entire career with the Predators thus far and is the eighth captain in franchise history, replacing the retired Mike Fisher.
“I’m really excited and it’s obviously a huge honor,” Josi said. “I’ve had some really good guys to learn from with Shea Weber and Mike Fisher in the time I’ve been here. I know we have a great leadership group, a great group of guys, so I’m really excited.”
Josi has finished in the top 15 of Norris Trophy voting in each of the past three seasons. He had 49 points in 72 games last season, including a dozen goals and 37 points. His best season to date came in 2015-2016, when he put together 61 points in 81 games.
In 22 post-season games with Nashville, Josi had 14 points – including six goals and eight assists. He had five points, including two goals, and averaged 25:45 of ice time a game.
“I was really happy when coach (Peter Laviolette) told me, but it’s definitely something I never dreamed about when I was a little kid,” said Josi. “You always dream about playing in the NHL, but being a captain of an NHL team, it’s definitely something I never thought about. It’s a huge honor and I’m just really excited to get going.”
Ryan Ellis has been named the associate captain of the Predators. He’s coming off career-highs in points and goals, plus he had 13 points in 22 playoff games. Ellis isn’t set to join Nashville until January due to off-season knee surgery.
Ryan Johansen, Mattias Ekholm and Filip Forsberg were named alternate captains.
“We put a lot of thought into the structure of this leadership group,” Laviolette said. “We feel we have identified and put in place the people necessary to continue our quest to become Stanley Cup Champions.”
The Predators finished the 2016-2017 regular season with a 41-29-12 record, good for 94 points and the second wild card spot in the Western Conference. Nashville pushed through to the Stanley Cup Final, where they took the Pittsburgh Penguins to the limit. The Penguins won the Cup in six games, but the Predators were impressive in their Final debut.