Friday, June 13, 2008

2007-08 Norris voting

There are some real doozies among choices for the league's top defenceman this year:

It's actually frightening to think what would have happened had Lidstrom retired or gotten injured prior to this season.

Dion Phaneuf is not the second-best defenceman in the NHL. Chara and Gonchar are better choices, and I'm glad to see they finished as high as they did.

The same cannot be said for Brian Campbell and a few of his merry men. Cripes to Christmas, what on earth is Jassen Cullimore doing there? Is he lost? Did someone scribble "Just kill me" illegibly on their ballot?

If I do recall correctly, he was traded and then bought out last summer. He ultimately ended up as a serviceable fourth defenceman for the Panthers.

Streit, meanwhile, didn't play defence for much of the year. (Neither did half these guys, depending on how stringent your definition is.)

My list would have been: Lidstrom - Chara - Gonchar - Pronger - Markov

Or something quite similar. Although Keith and Burns are pretty solid under the radar choices, two young guys who should move up this list in the future.

Good luck getting past Phaneuf.

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At 7:36 p.m., June 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cullimore, Redden, Liles and Meszaros??? Voting should be taken out of media's hands.

At 8:44 p.m., June 13, 2008, Anonymous baroque said...

Cripes to Christmas, what on earth is Jassen Cullimore doing there? Is he lost? Did someone scribble "Just kill me" illegibly on their ballot?

Now that is damn funny.

At 11:31 p.m., June 13, 2008, Blogger HBomb said...

If Zubov had been healthy all season, he probably finishes top three. He was simply outstanding until that injury happened.

Larry Murphy and Scott Stevens were both first ballot Hall of Famers and neither ever won the Norris. I see Sergei Zubov following that path.

At 1:46 a.m., June 14, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Zubov was right behind Lidstrom before he got hurt. It's really unfortunate he did, as this could have been one of his best seasons ever.

At 2:00 p.m., June 14, 2008, Blogger Mr.Poindexter said...

Glad to see you share my high regard for Keith. Reassures me that I know a little bit about the game. With Keith, Sharp, and their Calder nominees, the Blackhawks are putting together a good young nucleus. Hopefully, they'll depart from past practice and not do anything to screw it up.

At 3:32 p.m., June 14, 2008, Blogger Dylan Berry said...

Phaneuf plays so little defense it's ridiculous. Sure he can put a puck in the net, but he often gets caught deep creating odd-man rushes and he is terrible at containing players to the corners in the defensive zone. I totally agree with you here James, there's no way he should be number 2 on this list.

Gonchar has vastly improved his defensive game and he had a large impact on the ice all season. Gonchar would be in my top 3 for sure.


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