Would add Volchenkov and bump up Keith. Girardi I'd slide a slot up maybe. Sometimes he is really, really good. Same with McDonagh. Don't understand the flak on the great job he's done is for. Oh well. This is HF
He's far from terrible. He's still easily top-20 for me.
I was a big Volchenkov fan, but he's headed south clearly. If the Devils actually felt they had a top-20 defensive defenseman in their hands, his time wouldn't have gone down in the playoffs...he was the least used defenseman they had and he didn't give them a reason to bump it up any...
Ok terrible was too strong. Mediocre? If he is top-20 in the NHL why does he face the 5th most difficult quality of competition on the Devils blueline? Shouldn't he be taking on opponents' toughs?
He does go against the best players on the PK. ES he doesn't offer much offensively so naturally he is used less. He just isn't that mobile anymore. I admit he has regressed but he's still capable of playing excellent defense when he isn't injured or concussed.
Where is Karlson? Didn't he win the Norris as the leagues best DEFENSE-MAN?.
They need a new trophy for true defensive defensemen. They are the overlooked category yet each team wants one or more.
What would be a good name for it? We could start a new poll with names for the trophy. Would need a design team with vision to make a unique looking trophy. How do you get another award created? Do you need signatures and who does it get submitted to?