The Norris Trophy is given to the best defenseman in the league. So you think winning that trophy would win you the #1 spot in a ranking of top defensemen in the league right?
Well not according to Puck Daddy, who's ranked Lidstrom the 4th best defenseman in the league.
4. Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings: At 41, he's still the gold standard for defensmen. Needs one more Norris Trophy to tie the immortal Bobby Orr with eight.Ahead of him?
3. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks: Great wheels, great vision, great passer, and loves to play it physical despite usually giving up a few pounds.
2. Shea Weber, Nashville Predators: He's like a mini-Chara. Except he skates better and he's not mini.
1. Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins: Literally looms larger than anyone else in the league, and is the most intimidating presence in the game today — just ask any opposing forward.Now here's the question, for one season, would you have traded any of the above for Lidstrom? I certainly wouldn't for Keith or Weber. Chara would be a harder decision, but for a single season, I'd take Lidstrom over Chara, who I believe is just a tad overrated.
Even though he's the MVP of the league for the past 15 or so years, he's still never won the Hart. Now, he's winning the Norris and not even being considered the best defenseman in the league. Complete BS if you ask me.
If he wouldn't have been snubbed by the voters early in his career because he didn't play "physical enough", then he would have 10 Norris'. That's always been the critics knock on him. So I guess we should be used to it by now and just reply with one word "Results".
And now puck daddy ranked the top 25 goaltenders: http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Looking-ahead-to-2011-12-Ranking-the-NHL-8217-;_ylt=AsXloi1XCHYUUlz4PZwUAbl7vLYF?urn=nhl-wp9870
Jimmy at 21? Behind Corey Crawford (18), Jonas Hiller (16) and frickin Bryzgalov at #9?! Get out of here...
I'd rather have a bag of puck over Chara. He overshoots it way too much, its like a shooting gallery when he's on..
This list lost all credibility when they had Dion Phaneuf at 15. Because EVERYBODY in the league would prefer him over Kronwall, Edler, and Subban.
Nothing about this makes sense. How can they describe him as "the gold standard" which indicates that he is who all other defensemen are compared to and then decide that he's not the best because he's not big and scary on the ice? They technically describe Weber as being big and a better skater than Chara who they just describe as being a giant. Wtf puckdaddy.
people keep saying "he's lost a step." i guess that would be relevant if he wasn't always 3 steps ahead of everyone else.
@drewbehringer lol, the puckdaddy crew is such a joke.
@Twig Makes sense, he used to be four steps ahead. I can deal with three.
@moorecha Honestly, how often do you ever see him skate full speed? He's just always already in the right spot.