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04-23-2012, 08:18 PM
Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by malkinfan View Post
Okay I will chime in here. I don't think a defenseman would be considered for best player outside the NHL in the first place. Forwards are just more compelling unless its Nik Lidstrom or something. Having said that, Dallman could be the best defenseman in the KHL. Key stat: All time record for goals by a defenseman in the top Russian circuit, last held by the formidable Mr. Fetisov. No one can argue that stat, best scoring dman out of any soviet/russian player in Russia ever! Dallman may or may not be lousy if he goes back to the NHL someday, but he is certainly a great European styled defenseman, possibly the best.
I understand your perspective. For example in the NHL the only d-man to win the Hart since Orr is Pronger. It is also very hard for goalies to win the Hart. I think part of this is because there isn't an equivalent to the Vezina or Norris for forwards so by default they are the first considered for the Hart. I've never agreed with this though. I think a goalie or a d-man are just as likely to be the most valuable to their team. For example look at how much ice time a top end d-man logs over the season.

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