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If Zdeno Chara is the hardest defenseman in the league to play against, Shea Weber is the second hardest.
Shea Weber is "Mini Chara" only by size, but is still a monster at 6'4" and 234 lbs. Weber is fourth in hits among defensemen, seventh in ice time and second in goals. Weber also leads the Nashville Predators in points.
Weber has a cannon of a shot and hits like a truck. His defensive partner, Ryan Suter, is also very good and they are a formidable tandem that's largely responsible for the Predators being in a playoff spot.
Weber does almost everything well. His positional play is superb and he plays a very hard-hitting but clean style of play. His endurance is excellent, especially considering the hard minutes that he plays.
Weber's skating could be a bit better, and if it was, it would allow him to join the rush more often than he does. Right now, he plays a more defensive style, which is fine, but the Predators could use more offense.
Weber has a very good chance to be a Norris finalist and an outside shot at winning it. He does fall more than 10 points behind three other top candidates and that could hurt him in the voters' eyes.