It wasn’t an announcement that came with the egotistical fanfare of the LeBron James revelation, but the Nashville Predators have named defenceman Shea Weber as team captain.
Weber will be the fifth captain in the team’s history. He’s also the first captain to be drafted by the Predators, so he’s a nice fit for the team and should serve for quite a while in that position.
Many remember Weber from his performance for Team Canada at the Olympics in Vancouver. He famously wired the puck through the net and helped the squad to its gold medal. Weber was also named to the Olympic All-Star Team.
Weber is just 24, so there’s a lot of time ahead of him to develop into an even better player and leader.
The Predators are one of those teams in the National Hockey League that could surprise a few people in the upcoming season. With Weber as a leader, they are proving that their are committed to the youth movement in Nashville. The recent pickups of Matthew Lombardi and Sergei Kostitsyn could also help matters.
Only Mike Green is considered a more offensively-minded defenceman than Weber. His 62 goals is the second most by a blueliner since the start of the 2006-2007 NHL season. Green has 70, so Weber is not too far off the pace.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.