Perhaps the biggest disappointment in Shea Weber's season was that he didn't get to grow his infamous playoff beard. That said, he did prove that he could still bring dynamic, game-changing play from the blueline without his "Robin".
|2012 - Shea Weber||48||9||19||28||-2||48||3||0||1||124||7.3|
|EV TOI/Gm||OZ %||QoT||QoC|
|5-5 Shots/60||5-5 Pts/60||Corsi On||Corsi Rel|
|Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|PP TOI/Gm||5-4 GF On/60||5-4 Pts/60||PK TOI/Gm||4-5 GA On/60|
|Penalty Plus/Minus||Favor of the Hockey Gods|
|Taken||Drawn||On-Ice Sht%||On-Ice Sv%||PDO|
Explanation of table can be found at the end of Gabby Bourque's review.
This was an odd year for Weber, who had to make the difficult adjustment to a new defense partner after riding herd with Ryan Suter for several years. There's good reason to hope in years to come that Weber/Josi can be as dynamic as Weber/Suter were, but the transition period unsurprisingly involved a few bumps. Instead of serving as a Corsi dynamo for the Predators (four straight seasons of a positive Corsi Rel), Weber was slightly underwater this year.
After a slow start, the scoring came with regularity, and by the end of the season Weber led the Predators in scoring with 28 points in 48 games. On a team which had difficulty scoring even when fully healthy, the captain led the offensive charge in both 5-on-5 and on the power play, where he put shots on net consistently and drew a significant number of penalties from opponents, while taking relatively few of his own. The one downside was the penalty kill, which gave up goals almost twice as often as when guys like Kevin Klein or Hal Gill were out there. That may have been in no small part to the presence of Josi on the other side, who struggled on the PK.
My Grade: A-
Weber is in the heart of his most productive time as a defenseman, and if the Predators can plug the hole left by Josi's promotion from 2nd-pair to 1st, Weber could well be positioned to make another serious run at the Norris Trophy in 2013-2014. A lot has to come together for a guy to win a major trophy, and this season that just didn't happen.
Do the goals come any bigger than an overtime winner on home ice against Detroit? I took my oldest son to this game, and he still talks about it: