In our summer quest to understand the greatness of the Predators roster, we now turn our undivided attention to the Swiss national front… if there is such a thing as a Swiss national front.
What I know the Swiss do have – aside from amazing chocolate, great cheese and perfect watches – is the hometown talent of Roman Josi.
And no, he is not from a town named Rome.
He is however, from the beautiful city of Bern, Switzerland.
The recently turned twenty-two Josi began his pro career with the Schlittschuh Club Bern at age sixteen. The club gave Josi the boost needed to make the Swiss national team in two Under 18 World Championships, three Under 20 World Championships, the 2009 and 2012 IIHF Worlds, and the 2010 Swiss Olympic team (although he didn’t play due to injury).
Hello star power!
The defenseman grabbed enough attention to be picked by the Predators 38th overall in the 2008 Entry Draft, where he was first sent back to Switzerland for two years before heading to play in Milwaukee for the next season and a half.
Josi made his NHL debut in November 2011 against the Detroit Red Wings and just seven games later scored his first NHL goal against the Anaheim Ducks. Since then, we have seen the star power that can be achieved by Roman Josi.
Games played: 52
Penalty minutes: 14
Playoff games played: 10