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.