The Nashville Predators former Captain Shea Weber has to be on this list. I mean would it even be possible to skip over someone like Shea on this kind of list? Sure you could say I’ve added him due to the emotions of losing him to a trade, but Weber was a brute force for the Preds for his entire career. The Nashville Predators had a solid draft in 2003 which included Ryan Suter in the first, Kevin Klein, and Shea Weber both in the second round.
Weber played in 28 games in his rookie season back in the 2005-2006 season. The following seasons showed that Weber was going to be a force in the NHL. After his rookie season Weber only had two seasons where didn’t score more than 40 points. That included the lockout season and his third season where he had a few injuries. Along with over 40 points, Weber was able to have eight 15 or more goal seasons throughout his career, and three were over twenty goal seasons. He did all of this as a defenseman.
Along with his stellar play in the NHL, Shea Weber was able to gather multiple medals internationally. He won Gold in 2005 for the Junior Worlds Championships, won Gold in 2007 and Silver in 2009 for the Worlds Championships, and finally won two Gold medals in 2010 and 2014 during the Winter Olympics all for his country Canada.
What we can’t forget is that wicked slap shot that Shea has. The reason for a lot of his goals are those one-timer slap shots that come at you so fast you either can’t see it in time or it might as well knock you and the puck back into the net. That last one didn’t happen, but I can dream, right?
His most infamous moment was during an international game against Germany where Weber hit the puck so hard it went through the net. They kept the game in play because they though he just missed the net until they looked closer to see that it did go in and then back out the back.
Shea Weber was more than a captain and more than just a fan favorite. He not only holds the teams records for most goals, points, and assists by a defenseman, but he was the first true home-grown NHL Star out of Nashville. I hope the Preds take a good hard look at putting number Six above the ice.
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