Shea Weber has been selected to the 2011 NHL All-star game in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the only representative for Nashville even though cases can be made for Ryan Suter, Pekka Rinne, and Anders Lindback for the rookies. Weber is the sexy pick for Nashville. He's got a blast of a shot, he's a physical player, and he was a key player for the Canadian national team on the gold medal run. But is he the best pick?
Many people have argued that Ryan Suter is more deserving to go than Weber is. Let me first start by saying that both of them deserve to be in the game. When they're on, there's not a better defensive tandem in the league. Having said that, you're not going to see two defensemen from the Nashville Predators go to the All-star game. We're just not in the national spotlight enough. I agree that Suter is every bit as valuable as Weber, but I believe that Weber should be the one to go. He leads the team in points, and his all around game is slightly better than Suter's in my mind.
I'm really looking forward to seeing Weber vs. Chara in the hardest shot competition. Weber shot a puck through the net in the Olympics and is reported to have done it again in practice this year. Chara is a big man with a rocket of a shot and is the defending champion of the hardest shot competition. It should be an interesting weekend to say the least.