Leading up to the lockout-shortened season, we will be providing 2012-13 previews for each player. In no specific order, we continue with Brian McGrattan today…
When it looked as if Zack Stortini would be the Predators’ enforcer last season, GM David Poile scoured the waiver wire and picked up Brian McGrattan, who did a lot of the dirty work in 2011-12. Before coming to Nashville, McGrattan had spent five previous seasons with five different organizations.
In 30 games with the Predators, McGrattan tallied two assists and 61 penalties in minutes. He participated in six fights on the season; according to HockeyFights.com, he won five of them. McGrattan, the one they call ‘Big Ern’, also meshed in well in the locker room despite mostly being a healthy scratch after the All-Star break.
In July, McGrattan was re-signed to a one-year, $600,000 contract by the Predators.
McGrattan spent his lockout between Nashville and Hamilton, Ont., instead of going overseas.
One would assume McGrattan’s role will be the same this season. As of now he’d be the 13th or 14th forward, meaning he will be a healthy scratch on most nights. McGrattan knows his role and knows when to drop the gloves with fellow enforcers. With Jordin Tootoo now in Detroit, McGrattan is really the only willing combatant any given night on the roster.