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Top Defensive Forwards in the NHL - #1

View Poll Results: Defensive players - #1
Rod Brind'Amour 1 0.66%
Pavel Datysuk 94 62.25%
Henrik Zetterberg 6 3.97%
Jordan Staal 2 1.32%
Ryan Kesler 7 4.64%
Sami Pahlsson 10 6.62%
John Madden 17 11.26%
Derek Roy 1 0.66%
Mike Peca 1 0.66%
Jere Lehtinen 4 2.65%
Mike Fisher 0 0%
Daniel Alfredsson 2 1.32%
Mike Grier 2 1.32%
Marcel Goc 0 0%
Other (I know this poll is all over the place) 4 2.65%
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01-23-2009, 08:16 AM
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Madden doesn't deserve to be up there this season, but he has turned the corner the past few games. Some nice shotblocking, penalty killing and take-aways lately.

Datsyuk should win the Selke, I was a doubter last season (mainly due to Madden having the best season of his career) but I have seen the light this season. Pavel really is something special to watch.

Zajac will be up there soon enough, he has been simply amazing this season.

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01-23-2009, 08:28 AM
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At -29, Brind'Amour has no business being on this list. Not if were talking present time.

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01-23-2009, 08:34 AM
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Datsyuk
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01-23-2009, 08:52 AM
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4th in the league in giveaways.
which is a consequence of his TOI

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01-23-2009, 09:32 AM
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01-23-2009, 09:39 AM
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If anyone should be representing the Jackets on this list, it's Manny Malhotra, not Peca. But there's no way he'd win any polls

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01-23-2009, 09:42 AM
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At the moment its between Staal or Kesler. I don't care what stats you use, you have to watch players to determine how good defensively they are. Everyone knows NJ forwards are above average to excellent defensivly in general. Zajac is the first devil player in takeaways in 77th place. Tell me that makes sense, different arenas count different stats.

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01-23-2009, 09:51 AM
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Datsyuk - This one is over - Move on to number 2.

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Datsyuk, add Vermette.

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which is a consequence of his TOI
No it's not. He plays pretty loose with the puck sometimes.

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01-23-2009, 10:14 AM
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I find it difficult to look beyond Datsyuk.

...but when I try, I see Kesler emerging as someone really, really competent.

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01-23-2009, 10:25 AM
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Dastyuk, add Hossa.

And Roy isn't even the best defensive forward on the Sabres, Hecht is.

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Mike Richards should be added.

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No it's not. He plays pretty loose with the puck sometimes.
Im sure he has a higher number of giveaways/minute than most players, but even Bob MacKenzie said the giveaways stat very subjective as you obviously cough up the puck more when you play 20+ min/game.

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Mikko Koivu needs to be added...surprising his name has only been mentioned a few times.

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Marleau has been better than both Grier and Goc this year. I will say Goc has greatly improved however.

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Wait, where's P.J. Axelsson?

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Kesler is better than Pahlson or Madden no doubt.

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Im sure he has a higher number of giveaways/minute than most players, but even Bob MacKenzie said the giveaways stat very subjective as you obviously cough up the puck more when you play 20+ min/game.
I watch basically every game, trust what I'm saying. he gives up an UNREASONABLE amount of pucks based on being a defensively responsible forward based on ice time, we're not just talking about coughing up the puck in normal circumstances of play, I'm talking about mistakes.

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1A.Datsyuk
1B.Kesler

After that it's pretty wide open. Normally I'd give the third spot to Richards but his giveaway/Takeaway ratio is just too hard to overlook.

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