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03-13-2013, 08:13 PM
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Which Teams Have Two Legitimate #1 Defensemen?

This question depends on your definition of a #1 defenseman of course.

Let's throw some names and see what you guys think. Just off the top of my head:

New York Rangers: Staal and McDonagh

St-Louis Blues: Shattenkirk and Pietrangelo

Phoenix Coyotes: OEL and Yandle

Winnipeg Jets: Enstrom and Byfuglien

Montreal Canadiens: Markov and Subban

Chicago Blackhawks: Seabrook and Keith.

Anyone else I'm missing?


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Is this a thread created to pump the tires of Markov and Subban?

Subban hasn't even cracked 40 points yet.

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Right now, only Suter for the Wild.

I know it's early but Brodin will also be one in the near future.

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Is this a thread created to pump the tires of Markov and Subban?

Subban hasn't even cracked 40 points yet.
No it's not. If you don't agree with me, please go ahead and tell me why

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Is this a thread created to pump the tires of Markov and Subban?

Subban hasn't even cracked 40 points yet.
Neither has OEL, you're going to tell me he isn't a #1 D-man either?

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Neither has OEL, you're going to tell me he isn't a #1 D-man either?
Neither has mcd

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Quincey and Lashoff? lulz

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I prefer Bogosian to Enstrom.

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No it's not. If you don't agree with me, please go ahead and tell me why
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Neither has OEL, you're going to tell me he isn't a #1 D-man either?
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Neither has mcd
I like where this is going.

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I love HF Logic. You have to crack 40 points to be a number 1 D-man, but Erik Karlsson sucks

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I thought great d-men played defense, not just score points.

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Bogo>Buff IMO

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I love HF Logic. You have to crack 40 points to be a number 1 D-man, but Erik Karlsson sucks
What does that have to do with this thread and where do people say that?

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I don't consider guys like Yandle #1 defensemen, to me you have to be a good scorer from the blueline (30+ points) while also being able to play on the top pairing and get the toughest matchups defensively.

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03-13-2013, 08:32 PM
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you could make a case for girardi on the rangers as well

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Letang & Martin.

Paul was one before he had a down year last year, he's been back to his old self since then though and just in time.

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Shattenkirk certainly is not a no1 dman nor is Byfuglien who is barely even a dman. Seabrook and Staal don't have the offensive potential of a no1 dman and Yandle is avg defensively.

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Subban is definitely not a legit #1. Sorry. He's only a legitimate threat on the PP and his defense consists of should-be holding/interference penalties.

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Bogo>Buff IMO
So what you're saying is Winnipeg has 3 #1 defensemen?

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Ever since Suter left Nashville, I don't think there is a single team out there with 2 legitimate #1 defensemen.

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The question is, as the OP put it, what the definition of a #1 D-man is. And if I know HF, there will be arguing to no end that definition with no consensus, usually going between these following viewpoints:

-There are 30 teams, hence 30 #1 D-men in the league, so the top 30 D-men are #1 D-men
-#1 means first on the depth chart per team, so by definition teams can only have one #1. The other guy would be #2, even if he would be #1 on a different team.
-#1 D-men are guys who could be considered a #1 on a Cup-contending team
-#1 D-men are Norris contenders...there are actually relatively few #1 D-men in the league. They are the elite of the elite.

And that's not even touching the "offense vs defense" arguments.

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