And, just as promised, the NHL released its selection of players who will attend this year’s All-Star Weekend in Columbus, Ohio. With no surprise, Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne, and rookie Filip Forsberg made the cut, though a few other Predators players could have easily made the cut as well.
Though, we should count our lucky stars with three representatives, nonetheless; three is the most Nashville has ever had in its short existence. There’s no doubt Roman Josi was certainly snubbed, along with Mike Ribeiro, but again, as great as all three have been, in my own personal opinion, I’m surprised we landed all three.
This is Shea Weber’s third appearance at an All-Star event, but this will be both Pekka Rinne and Filip Forsberg’s first bout. Though Weber and Rinne will participate in the actual game, Forsberg will be limited to the Skills Competition.
Ah, and let us not forget that the Predators coaching staff will also be there.
In the long shot, you could make valid arguments for both Ribeiro and Josi, but take a deep breath and be thankful Nashville will be well represented with not only the league-leading goaltender, the leading-in-everything rookie, the all-powerful defenseman (who’s 5th in points), and a league-leading coaching staff.