Scott Nichol enters his third season as General Manager of the Admirals and eighth as the Nashville Predators Director of Player Development in 2020-21. Nichol will manage the Predators’ primary development affiliate in addition to his current role as Director of Player Development. During Nichol’s seven seasons of guidance in his player development role, he has helped players such as Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Colton Sissons secure full-time spots in the NHL and lead the Predators to the postseason in each of their last six campaigns.
Last season, Nichol engineered a Milwaukee club that went 41-14-5-3 (90 points) and won the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as AHL regular-season champions. The Admirals had the AHL’s best defense, allowing just 2.24 goals per game, and the team’s offense ranked seventh in scoring (3.35), equating to a +1.11 goals/game differential, the third highest in the League’s last decade. A testament to Nichol’s proven track record of developing NHL talent, nine players who skated for Milwaukee in 2019 20 also competed in an NHL game for the Predators.
Nichol hung up the skates and rejoined the Predators organization in May 2013 after completing a 20-season professional career that spanned from 1994-95 to 2012-13. The Edmonton, Alta., native played four seasons with the Preds from 2005-09, posting 47 points (24g-23a) in 209 games. A veteran of 662 career NHL contests, Nichol tallied 127 points (56g-71a) and 916 penalty minutes with Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago, Nashville, San Jose and St. Louis and scored a career-best 10 goals in 2007-08 with the Preds. Nichol also compiled 211 points (90g-121a) and 1,029 penalty minutes in 398 games at the American and International Hockey League level with Rochester, Detroit and Milwaukee. He helped the San Jose Sharks advance to back-to-back Western Conference Finals in 2010 and 2011 and won the AHL’s Calder Cup as a member of the Rochester Americans in 1996.
Perennially one of the NHL’s top face-off men, Nichol, led the League in faceoff efficiency in 2007-08 with Nashville and during the 2009-10 season with San Jose. He also holds a Nashville franchise record for shorthanded goals in a game and period with two in the second period of a 5-2 victory at St. Louis
on Jan. 19, 2008.
Nichol and his wife, Christie, reside in Nashville and have three kids – sons Hayden and Foster and daughter Sophia