I don't mind Keith being ranked ahead of Weber. Keith has his Norris and his Cup. He has been in the league for more than just two seasons, and he has shown steady progress in his game since his rookie year.
Drew Doughty is a good player, and I don't doubt he'll have a successful career. He's also only played two seasons, and his stats have only been really impressive in one of those seasons. Even then Weber has had comparable stats in a single season while playing, as far as I'm concerned, a better defensive game.
Before anyone thinks I'm bitter, I honestly couldn't care less about a TSN ranking. Having a Predator on their top 50 is surprising enough, let alone in their top 20. I just think that if people are so confident in Drew Doughty's ability to be a great defenseman, and I'm one of those people, then they should be able to wait until he's proven it over the course of more than just a season or two. I guess patience is only a virtue outside of sports fans.
And because he plays such a great two way game. His stats only tell half the story.
His stats help his case. You can't get 60 assists a season with Hornqvist as the teams top goal scorer. Weber is as good a goal scorer as any defenseman in this league, and as I said he can't get Mike Green-like assists without elite goal scorers.
Additionally he's better defensively than anyone and I'm hardly alone in thinking so. Hockey Canada agrees, of course, and Pierre McGuire was on our local radio agreeing just a few days ago.
Oh sorry, I forgot everyone hates the south and there is an agenda against us. Carry on
Nobody said a conspiracy or an agenda, except you. Just that Canadians are going to favor Canadians. If Suter was with a a Canadian team, or was Canadian, he'd be on the list. They pump the most popular with their audience whether they know it or not. It happens in all media. The Tennessean (ok, maybe not them, but just an example) would have him on their top fifty list, without being against northern teams or Canadians.
There isn't any Canadian conspiracy going on here. Weber is a game changer. Suter is not. Game changers get ranked higher.
Both are game changers in their own way. Weber's way is just flashier. This list is all about hype. Guys like Seabrook and Myers being ahead of Suter is a joke. But for the most part the list is a joke too so I'm not worried bout it.