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11-06-2013, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Larry Hoover View Post
Okay well you clearly have insane criteria. If Pietrangelo isn't a #1 then wow, just wow. In fact, I personally think Pietrangelo is the best D in the NHL.

I disagree with this. By this logic is, you could be the 175th best D in the NHL but still be a #1 because you're the best on your team?

I think most people would agree the definition for a #1 is a guy who on the average team would be the best D and is trusted in all situations (with some exceptions i.e. Karlsson: his offence is so much better than most other D's that it makes up for his poor defensive play). I would say there are probably around 15 #1 guys in the NHL right now along with another around 20 top pairing guys.
As he said some teams might have 2 #1s and some might have none. Basically a #1 defenseman are the top 30 defensemen in the league an average of 1 per team. Not the actual best defenseman from each team.

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