Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 1/12/12
Photo Credit: Mark Humphrey / AP The Predators will have a few more representative at the NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa this year as Shea Weber and Ryan Suter were selected for the All-Star Game and rookie Craig Smith was one of twelve selected for the rookie skills competition. Having arguably the best 1st pair defensemen in the NHL is one of the many assests that the Nashville Predators covets. The addition of Ryan Suter to a perennial All-Star candidate in Shea Weber bodes well for the viability of the Nashville market and it’s franchise. Craig Smith has put up some decent numbers as a rookie and came out in the first few months of the season as the leading rookie scorer over such touted names as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog. Even though Smith’s numbers have tailed a bit, look for this experience to be an energizing force for the rest of the season for the young Smith. Although Pekka Rinne has put up the second most wins and the most saves in the NHL, Rinne once agai...
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