#3: Shea Weber
Weber comes in at No.3 on this list despite only playing in four seasons with the Nashville Predators over the past decade. That monumental offseason trade that sent Weber to the Montreal Canadiens for P.K. Subban is still one I don’t have a clear feeling on way or the other on who won it.
Those fours seasons were still incredible for Weber as he racked up All-Star appearances and top-5 Norris Trophy voting. Sadly, Weber hasn’t won a Norris Trophy and it’s kind of highway robbery.
Weber was the first homegrown true superstar this franchise ever had. It tooks time, but when Weber begain his ascent to elite status in the NHL, the Predators were also starting to become a viable postseason team.
Fittingly enough, Weber won the Mark Messier Award for Best Leadership in his last season for the Nashville Predators.
There was a scare way before that year that Weber would be lost, but the front office put on the fullcourt press at the time to retain Weber to an extremely lucrative contract. There’s been rumblings about whether or not that was the right decision looking back on it, and it absolutely was.
The Predators can’t lose Weber at the junction of their franchise history and remain a playoff team. The franchise was even in trouble of relocating at the time. Weber was a big reason the team stayed, and the rest is history as hockey in Nashville is must-see around the league.
Weber remains second in franchise history in games played, third in goals, fourth in assists, fifth in points, and the franchise leader in power play goals with 80. That blasting one-timer was impossible for a goalie to stop unless they got lucky.