The Preds Leadership Group

Sunday, 02.05.2012 / 9:43 AM
By Tom Callahan - Nashville Predators / Tom Callahan's 2011-12 Season Blog

This past week the Nashville Predators faced off against two former captains in Kimmo Timonen and Jason Arnott, and it brought me to the team's current leadership corps of Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, and Mike Fisher. Nashville has a good set of players in place who lead by example on and off the ice and really do well to lead the team in a positive direction night in and night out.

Much like his head coach, Shea Weber doesn't seem to get out of balance very often. Never too high, never too low, Weber is most likely to react to a bad situation with grim determination and sheer force of will. When you couple that with his extraordinary physical gifts, it's a scary combination if you're on the opposing team. Weber might not be the guy who will stand up and give a rousing "win one for the Gipper" speech, but he will show the way clearly with his play.

Suter is a player who is also more on the "show don’t tell" side and is simply steady and supremely capable every single time out. Young players on both defense and offense can learn a lot from his style, which never seems to have a panic button to press – even when everyone else in the building is clearly jamming their collective finger on it! Being able to remain calm in those situations really does help everyone around him do the exact same.

Fisher being one of the few players not home-grown for the Preds and one of the older players on the squad brings the experience of a Stanley Cup Final with the Ottawa Senators and the ability to handle the big-time pressure of the national stage in Canada. In having had to deal with that type of exposure he will certainly continue to show Nashville's developing players how to handle themselves professionally in a pressure situation.

That said I like where Nashville's leadership is at the moment. They form the core of a team that has been playing well, having fun together, and winning games – sometimes improbably. Perhaps this is the right mix with the right combination at the right time. And it all starts at the top with Weber, Suter and Fisher.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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