Avalanche NHL Draft: Colorado Missed Out in 2003

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Shea Weber, #49

Jan 10, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) fights Minnesota Wild forward

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(24) at Xcel Energy Center. The Predators defeated the Wild 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The big, mean goal-scoring machine of a Nashville Predators captain, Shea Weber, didn’t go until midway through the second round. This is a defenseman who’s had two 20+ goal season and came close one other season. He’s also had two 50+ point seasons, including this season.

Weber is a big boy at 6-foot-4, 233 pounds, and he uses that weight to make his presence known on the ice. A natural born leader, he even fought our natural born leader, Gabriel Landeskog, in defense of one of his players this year. He’s got a bomb of a shot.

Imagine if defenseman Erik Johnson had come onto the team with Weber already in place. Or if John Michael Liles had been able to play a few years with Weber. Imagine big, bad Shea protecting Matt Duchene. He could have been a real force for the team.

Shea Weber’s powerful slap shot: