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05-19-2013, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
No particular order

Tier 1 Defensemen (Coveted "#1 defenseman")

Suter
Chara
Weber
Keith
Karlsson*

*If he can recover form from injury.

OEL, Pietrangelo and Doughty still have to prove they belong on that top list. They definitely are well on their way as are many others. But they haven't taken it to the next level the way the rest have.
That's not a list of #1 defensemen. That's a list of elite defensemen.

Just because Crosby/Malkin/Datsyuk/Stamkos are the greatest C's in the league doesn't mean Thornton/Kopitar/Toews aren't #1C's...

And BTW, if you have Keith on that list, then Pietrangelo certainly deserves to be there. OEL arguably as well. Keith's game has declined somewhat, and that being said he always had a legitimate #2D at his disposal beside him in Seabrook.

Chara/Weber/Suter/Karlsson/Pietrangelo have looked like elite defensemen regardless of who they're playing with. Keith has played quite below himself when paired with Hjalmarsson in recent games.

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