definitely better than last year though. I still like Timonen and Coburn. Väänänen has played past expectations, and many people have varying opinions on Sbisa, but so far he has played great.
I think the D is good enough to win lots of games, if the team can figure out how to play together.
Eminger and Alberts have been bad defensively...it's as simple as that. Sbisa looked horrid against the Avs, and has been mixed in the other games. What people see in him is his physical skills (which are very good), but it's more than physical skills that makes a good NHL defender. Coburn looks like he's regressed about 50% from where he was playing last year, which I chalk up to trying too hard.
Sure, we're missing Parent (a rookie) and Jones, but neither of them strike me as pushing this defense all that further up in the rankings. Jones has his positives and his negatives, but he definitely needs a safe and reliable partner and I'm not sure who that is unless you're going to put him with Timonen.