Niedermayer by a long shot. He's so smooth he looks effortless, but if I'm not mistaken, he won the fastest skater competition at this year's All-Star game. It is truly a pleasure to watch him move around the ice.
Yeah, that was awesome. I was watching him go and I was like :lol he's not even gonna be close! Whaddya know, he had the best time by far. I was like
for a stay at home defenseman who doesnt need to do a lot of skating...Scott Hannan is amazingly good at changing direction and transitioning i see him do it on one foot all the time...he is no niedermeyer but hannan does deserve some credit
I'm going to take a flyer (no pun)... Sami Kapanen. Doesn't dangle quite as well as St. Louis, Afinogenov, Samsonov or other forwards, but comes damn close. Doesn't skate as well backwards as Niedermayer.... or about 30+ other D... but (other than Fedorov many years ago), how many of the true dangling forwards are playing D 5-on-5 nowadays? Just Kapanen. So, if all of the criteria listed are considered, he's my guy.
By mobile I mean that he can skate forward, backwards, turn, stop, accelerate, spin, etc, at full speed back and forth for the most part of when he's on the ice and never gets tired... kind of who's the "bounciest" player in the NHL as in bouncing like a tennis ball--back and forth up and down the ice, etc.
Joe Sakic. Superb skater and when he plays the point on the power play, he makes very good defensive plays when called upon.
I'll have to add my homer post here; Sergei Zubov for me. At the age of 33 and with 992 games under his belt, Sergei Zubov logs like 30 minutes a night while smoking like a mad man, the guy smokes like a pack per day. He never gets tired.. I can also guarentee you that Sergei Zubov is the least hit played in the entire NHL.. Furthermore, while speed isn't his best attribute, he still skates circle's around defensemen whenever he feels like it..
Here's what Billy G said about him on BAD radio about a week ago:
It's unbelievable. You look at him and he's not the biggest guy. He doesn't appear to be the strongest guy. No (he doesn't hit the weights). I think he must have like a secret gym in his house or something like that, where he just absolutely goes crazy working out. He's the strongest guy to play against. The guy had to hit him dirty last night because [Chris Simon, knee-to-knee hit], other than that, you can't hit him. He's strong. He's smarter than everybody else on the ice. He's skilled as hell. What I didn't even realize -- and what a lot of people didn't realize -- is that Zubie is very tough too. He's got an incredibly high pain threshold. Hopefully he can pull right through this injury.