Thanksgiving Day in the United States is a time, among other things, to eat a good meal, spend time with family, and watch some (usually terrible) football. More than that, though, its a time to give thanks, and we here at On the Forecheck thought that there was no better time to ask you, the reader, what you were thankful for in the world of hockey. I'll list a few things of my own, but let this just be a starting point for you. Three quick thoughts:
- Local ownership. I'm thankful that Predators fans no longer have to worry about losing their team, and that we have a group of owners who actually like hockey. It may seem like a small thing, but the more, well, invested an ownership group is, the more success a team will have.
- Professionalism. This ties into the first, but in contrast to the Tennessee Titans across the Cumberland River, the Nashville Predators do sports the right way. Outside of mercurial Russians, there are no locker room problems, no off-ice head cases - the team is built first and foremost upon character, and the front office has been a shining example of how to run a professional hockey team.
- Defensemen. We like to grumble and groan about not having a star forward, but the Preds have (and have had) an embarrassment of riches on the blueline. On their day, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter form the most effective defense pairing in the league, and the number 1 prospect system in the NHL is comprised of elite defensive prospects like Ryan Ellis, Jonathan Blum, Roman Josi, Charles Olivier-Roussel, and formerly Cody Franson. You can bet that 29 other teams would love to have this "problem".
So there's a few things I'm particularly thankful for today regarding hockey; now what about you?
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.