1) Zdeno Chara - Boston Bruins
2) Shea Weber - Nashville Predators
3) Ryan Suter - Minnesota Wild
4) Drew Doughty - Los Angeles Kings
5) Alex Pietrangelo - St. Louis Blues
6) Ryan McDonagh - New York Rangers
7) Duncan Keith - Chicago Blackhawks
8) Dan Hamhuis - Vancouver Canucks
9) Marc-Edouard Vlasic - San Jose Sharks
10) Marc Staal - New York Rangers
11) (tie) Brent Seabrook - Chicago Blackhawks & Dennis Seidenberg - Boston Bruins
13) Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Phoenix Coyotes
14) Dan Girardi - New York Rangers
Who do you consider to be the best defenseman, purely in terms of defensive ability?
How on god's green earth foes Kronwall have 3 votes?
And how on god's green earth did Girardi beat Hedman and Alzner?
I think a lot of people lump hitting and general physicality in with defensive play. At the very least, guys like Seidenberg and Girardi are a lot more visible than the Alzner and Vlasic types because of it.