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05-29-2012, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by FreddieBisco View Post
A list of defenseman who are easily better then Andrej Sekera. Went team by team basis on determining if they are more skilled/productive then Sekera.

Francois Beauchemin ANA
Niclas Hjalmarsson CHI
Erik Johnson COL
Jack Johnson CBJ
James Wisniewski CBJ
Ryan Whitney EDM
Dmitry Kukilov FLA
Tom Gilbert MIN
PK Subban MTL
Travis Hamonic NYI
Sergei Gonchar OTT
Filip Kuba OTT
Oliver Ekman-Larsson PHX
Paul Martin PIT
Jake Gardiner TOR
Sami Salo VAN
Dennis Wideman WSH
John Carlson WSH
The above are all debateable.

Some of them are young guys who are still developing and likely have a higher ceiling than Sekera, but as of this particular moment in time are not better than Sekera. Carlson, Hamonic, Gardiner, Kulikov for instance.

Some are veterans on the decline who WERE better than Sekera, but are not anymore. Sami Salo is not the same player he used to be for instance, and Paul Martin fell off the deep ledge this past year.

And some of them make no sense whatsoever. (Tom Gilbert? really? He had 1 good year, got paid, and has been **** since then...for a supposed offensive D-man who isn't really that good in his own zone, his point totals are completely lackluster)

But this list completely missed the point of the thread. The thread is not about Sekera being the best D-man ever, it is about him having a better season than the other Sabres and his season being in the top 40 last year. Certainly there are defensemen whom one would expect to be higher than Sekera but who had down years or what not, but if you rank individual 2011-12 seasons by a D-man, Sekera's measures up very, very well. (and better than Ehrhoffs 2011-12 season and Myers 2011-12 season).

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