Re: Your Top Defenseman??
posted at 7/16/2010 11:32 AM EDT
I dont think its quite possible to number them realistically, but here's a couple groupings:
Chara, Keith, Pronger*
Weber, Doughty, Lidstrom**, Boumeester***,
Seabrook, Suter***, Streit***
* I don't think Pronger as an individual has the same impact as Keith or Chara, but he can definitely affect his team hugely.
** Two years ago Lidstrom would have been in the top group, he's just slowed down a bit and is no longer in the top tier.
*** I think all three of these guys would show better with more useful teams around them.
Neither Mike Green nor Tyler Myers belong in the conversation at all. Myers may one day be in the conversation, but i doubt Green will.
In Response to Your Top Defenseman??
Talked with co-workers on this topic and thought it would be interesting to see everyone's answers. The Defenseman must still be in the NHL and playing obviously. Here's my list: 1.) Mike Green (Caps) He led all blueliners in goals (50), points (149) and power play goals (28) in the last two seasons. Green was a +39 this season and +24 last season. Averages 25:00 in ice time. Enough Said. 2.) Dan Boyle (Sharks) Boyle is about as complete and consistent as a scoring defenseman as you can possibly get. He scores goals, he leads the powerplay, and he plays an incredibly strong game offensively and defensively. He's had 115 points in the last 2 seasons. 3.) Nicklas Lidstrorm (Wings) People say he had a slow year this year. If those numbers are a slow year for Nick Lidstrom… then there really is no slowing him down. He’s a consistent finalist for the Norris Trophy. Though age is finally starting to show through every so slightly, this guy is never a doubt to pick up and is great on both ends of the ice, as shown by his +22 rating this year and +31 last. 4.) Duncan Keith (Hawks) The award for the best defenseman in the NHL was handed out to Stanley Cup winning defenseman Duncan Keith. Keith was second in the league in points among defensemen behind Green. He is one of the best shut-down d-men in the league as well as displaying great offensive ability. He can create plays and join the rush, and still defends against the opposing teams best players. 5.) Zdeno Chara (Bruins) Chara dominates the game with his size, strength and skills and he's been good for a long time. He was the runner-up for the Norris in 2004 and took the Norris trophy in the 08-09 season. He became the third Bruin to capture the Norris Trophy, joining Hall of Famers Ray Bourque and Bobby Orr. Some say Chara is the best all around Defenseman in today's game. He is probably the best shut-down d-men in the league. 6.) Drew Doughty (Kings) Drew Doughty had a break-out sophomore year, sitting third in points 16/43/59 among defensman, and becoming the go-to d-men on a surprising Kings team that made the playoffs for the first time in six years. 7.) Chris Pronger (Flyers) If the Flyers had rallied to win the Stanley Cup, one of their players would have won the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP, that would have been Pronger. Leading scorer among defensemen in the postseason (18 points). Pronger is the foundation for the second-best defensive team in the 2010 playoffs and a veteran leader who's been lauded by peers, media and even his harshest critics. To be honest, this guy is probably the 2nd most dominant defenseman in the entire game today behind Chara. 8.) Shea Weber (Preds) His 23 goals were tied for second among D-men last year and compiled 53 points and had 43 points this season. He hits like a freight train, has a booming shot and can play lock-down defense. 9.) Brent Seabrook (Hawks) The 6-3 220-pound defenseman has paired with Duncan Keith to form one of the best blueline tandems in the NHL and at the Olympics. Averaging over 23 minutes of icetime, Seabrook is sixth in the league in hits and ninth in the NHL at plus-20. "He makes the game easier for me and everyone else on the team," said Keith. "We've gotten to know where the other is on the ice at all times. He's become such a smart, strong defenseman. In my view, he's one of the best all-around players in the game." 10.) Tyler Myers (Sabres) Myers (Calder Trophy winner) was one of four rookies to play all 82 games. He led the Sabres and all rookies by logging nearly 24 minutes of ice time per game. He was also first among rookies with 137 blocked shots, and third with 48 points. Myers not only won an NHL roster spot as a 19-year-old, he posted statistics befitting an established veteran. The 6'8", 222-lb. defenseman led the Sabres in ice time per game (23:44), three minutes more than blueline partner Tallinder who ranked second.
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