#7 Chris Pronger (not the offensive player he used to be)
#8 Andy Delmore
#13 Jovo (should be higher)
#30 Scott Nediermeyer (one of the best D-men in the game, and ranked this low?)
#36 Jason York (top 50? C'mon)
#46 Jeff Jillson (24 career points, and in the top 50?)
it's an article for fantasy teams. they are basing it on expected points.
Exactly...not to mention PIMs and +/- etc. Which the author makes perfectly clear IMO. These aren't picks of who you think are the best D-men in the league but rather who will help out your fantasy pool.
I can't really argue with his picks. For people who count PP goals (my pool does) Delmore and Boyle could be very valuable commodities for example and are rated quite high.
I know its a fantasy hockey article, but are you telling me you'd draft Delmore ahead of Jovo, Morris, Brewer, Redden or Ozolinsh?
Depends on the scoring system. In my league, with goals counting for more than assists, he's right near the top behind Gonchar, Lidstrom etc.
The key to all leagues/pools, fully understand the scoring system. I was in one league, where the scoring system was totally hooped. Nobody realised it at the time, until I started making high draft picks of thugs like Brashear, Laraque, Oliwa etc. 200+ pims were worth way more than 70 point guys.
As for "where he plays", you have to accept that Vancouver gets *zero* press coverage in the US. We're never on ESPN. They'll pick a Carolina/Nashville game to show over a Vancouver/Los Angeles tilt every time.