Posted by rolerhoky19
This isnt the 80's when Paul Coffee was getting high point totals. I don't think the mark of a good dman is pts. I think the fact he is a young captain, who is an elite dman and is entering his prime with the chance to sign elsewhere next summer makes him probably the best shot along with Keith and possibly Drew.
Weber is a defensive dman, but was also 3rd in team scoring as well on a talent starved team, also tallying 16 goals(far from defensive dman), also posting 16 and 23 goal yrs.
I will make this prediction. Weber signs in Detroit or gets traded there this winter prior to the deadline. Lidstrom likely will hand the keys over after one more year.
Let me ask you this. Does Rob Blake and his 777 pts get into the HOF. I think Blake and Weber are very comparible. Yet, Weber still hasnt played with any talent and Blake had talents such as Sakic, Gretzky, Forsberg, Thorton, etc etc.
As for Chara, although never really a big fan I have to admit that if he plays another 5 strong yrs he likely will get in. I am not sure there are two players more valuable to their teams than Weber and Chara for that matter. Chara has won, Chara as a team captain and consistant point totals to match the overall game, plus individual awards should get him some looks.
I think the evolution of the game will make it impossible for high scoring dmen to exist. Green in Wash has very high pt totals and may pass Chara over the next 5 yrs but I highly doubt he gets any consideration.
I think of the young dmen in todays league Weber has the best chance, he has won individual awards, he has won international gold in junior and olympics, he is a young captain and likely signs with a winning franchise this summer. He is also very durable. Played in all 82 games last year and 76 the previous year.
Again, if I could choose one dman his name would be tops on my list.