There really is no debate. Carlson is heads and shoulders above DZ and should continue to be in the future. He was scary good his rookie year as a shutdown defender. Took a step back, but was still matching up against top lines night in night out. Once DZ gains Tortorella's trust in that role, we can start comparing the two.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association disagree with you. MDZ 12th best D man last year, Carlson not even top 20.
very good, but not great. He is a solid top 4 dman with top pairing potential.
Yep. DZ's offense puts him over the top of Carlson for me, too.
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