If you debate Weber being the best player in Nashville Predators franchise history, a strong counter argument better come. Weber is the first true superstar of this franchise that still isn’t two decades old.
Weber’s ability to affect both the defense and the offense is astronomical. He’s obviously physically intimidating and able to be a force as a defenseman. He really took off and got national recognition thanks to his infamous slapshot. Just check out this montage of Weber’s slapshots from Sportsnet if you need a reminder:
Weber is hands down the scariest player in Predators franchise history. Going to the penalty box or fighting isn’t why he’s on this list. There’s been a lot of great players that have come and gone, but none with the impact of Weber. The best part about his intimidation factor is how it translated to goals. I still feel sorry for anyone unfortunate enough to be between the goal and a Weber slapshot.
If you scan over all over the major statistical categories of Predators franchise history, you’ll see Weber among the leaders on most of them. He’s the franchise leader in power play goals and shots, per Hockey Reference. As for penalty minutes, he has to settle for second to Tootoo with 568. Weber gets the nod for scariest player in Predators history.