The executive chef
If I learned anything about Thanksgiving dinner preparation, it was to stay out of the kitchen. Those that were in there had it all under control, and usually under the supervision of one “executive chef.” One person was orchestrating the symphony of flavors that will soon be devoured.
For the Nashville Predators, that would be Roman Josi.
On the season, Josi has five goals and nine assists. You can almost split those numbers into even strength and power play points evenly. He averages more minutes than any other skater. And, he ranks in the top for in both CorsiFor and Fenwick ratings. Only Rinne ranks higher in point-shares this year.
It is clear that Josi the glue that holds things together. That is why coach Peter Laviolette chose Josi as the captain of the Predators. Looks like a great choice. Josi is the leader of the team. The Predators won two of three games in which Josi missed, but won 10 with Josi in the lineup. When he shoots five or more times, they team is 6-1.
As he goes, do will the Predators. That makes him the executive chef.