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02-02-2013, 02:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Faidh ar Rud Eigin View Post
I disagree, number one defensemen are harder to find, especially one's of Jones caliber. Only Weber, Doughty and Pietrangelo compare to his all around game.

First line centers in the NHL:
Sidney Crosby
Evgeni Malkin
Niklas Backstrom
Steven Stamkos
John Tavares
Claude Giroux
Henrik Sedin
Jamie Benn
Jonathan Toews
Anze Kopitar
Joe Thornton
Patrice Bergeron
Jason Spezza
Eric Staal
Brad Richards
Pavel Datsyuk

That's 16 first line centers I count, and to be honest you can consider this a conservative list, I'm leaving out a lot of players people would consider a first line center (Mike Ribeiro, Ryan Getzalf, Logan Couture, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, David Backes, Mikko Koivu, Patrick Elias etc).

Now let's count number one defensemen:
Shea Weber
Zdeno Chara
Drew Doughty
Erik Karlsson
Brian Campbell
Ryan Suter
Keith Yandle
Kris Letang
Duncan Keith

A similarly conservative list, I count only 9 number one defensemen. Like the first line forward list, I leave out a lot of fringe ones, like Streit, Edler, McDonagh, Markov, Erik Johnson, Boyle, and Enstrom.
Brian Campbell is an excellent player, but he's not a #1 Dman. He's a top pairing guy, but he's not a #1.

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