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Annual Report Card: Mike Fisher

Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua

Jun 17, 2013

Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua


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Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua

Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua

Mike Fisher is the epitome of a natural leader and by example he became an exemplary assistant captain for the Predators this season. Although he missed some time due to injuries (as many Nashville players did), Fisher was able to provide some much needed scoring with a strong defensive effort.

From Then to Now

Coming off a 51-point season (second highest total of his career), Mike Fisher was able to place third in scoring for the Predators despite missing ten games. He also tied Gabriel Bourque for the team lead in plus/minus with a +6.

Although scoring only three points in his first thirteen games, Fisher would turn the season around and finish out the year with 21 points.

Beyond the Stats

Fisher does the little things that help to solidify the Predators into a defensive-first team. Fisher takes a ton of face-offs and was a 48.8% on the year on 563 face-offs taken (second behind Legwand). Aside from his injuries that caused him to lose time, Mike was able to elevate the Predators’ game and earns his spot as #1 center on a nightly basis.

The Best of Fisher

Fisher had five multi-point games on the year. His best came against the Calgary Flames on March 21st where Fisher scored two goals: a beauty from an Erat feed against the grain to tie the game and in the second period scored a wide-open back door goal assisted by Josi.

Big Fish

Much like the example given in the Tim Burton film, Mike Fisher was a big fish in a little pond when he came to Nashville. Without the major media attention, he has been able to make a quiet home here in Nashville with his wife Carrie Underwood as he continues to play for the Predators.

With the influx of talent coming through the Predators system and the youthful scoring finally starting to take shape, the presence of Mike Fisher is a steady, confident role model to the younger players of a perfect balance of drive and talent.

FINAL GRADE: B+

Even the mighty captain didn’t get an A, but Fisher also gets close with stable play and the ability to elevate the game of those around him. He scored goals (third on the team), played defense, was used in all situations and he never quits. Never will you see this player take a shift off and for that he gets the B+.