Montreal Canadiens: Three Recent Habs That Will Be First Ballot Hall of Famers

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 24: Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 24: Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Feb 29, 2020; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 29, 2020; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports /

Shea Weber

Shea Weber had a lengthy stint as a dominant defenceman in the NHL. He was the most feared player in the league for a long period of time both because of his physicality and his booming slap shot from the point.

He was a second round draft pick of the Nashville Predators in 2003 but quickly proved that he was a steal. He became a fixture not just on the Preds blue line but also on Norris ballots as well as Canada’s national teams.

From the 2007-08 season to the 2016-17 season, Weber received Norris votes all ten years. He never won the award somehow, but finished twice on two occasions and was in the top four in five separate seasons.

He finishes his career with 224 goals and 589 points. He reached the 20 goal plateau on three separate occasions and set a career high with 56 points in 2013-14. In those ten years he received Norris ballots, Weber’s 164 goals were the most of any defenceman and he was fifth in scoring by blue liners with 435 points.

He may not have won a Stanley Cup, or even a Norris, but Weber did win two WHL Championships, a World Junior gold, a Memorial Cup, a World Championship gold, a World Cup and two Olympics gold medals.

For over a decade, he was the most feared defenceman on the ice and the best goal scorer from the position as well as one of the highest point getters among defenders. He won just about everything expect for a Stanley Cup, but definitely deserves to walk into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot.