After checking the stats of defenseman on NHL.com I decided that the most accurate way to rate the top Dmen are through points, +/-, and minutes played. When we look at the top 20 in each of these categories there are only 4 players who appear in all of them.
Mike Green 8pts +4 27:33
Nicklas Lidstrom 7pts +6 26:04
Brian Campbell 6pts +5 27:09
Andrei Markov 10pts +4 25:17
There are also 3 players that made 2 of the top 20.
Dion Phaneuf 7pts +2 28:26
Mark Streit 7pts -2 26:04
Keith Ballard 8pts +2 25:24
There has been a lot of speculation by Sabres fans that Brian Campbell was nowhere near worth the money he received from Chicago. The numbers tell a different story.(Although defensive play cannot always be measured by numbers) The average salary of these top 4 players is 6.585 mil with Campbell coming in at 7.14.
So who is your pick for best defenseman in the league? Do any of these players make your cut or is it someone rock steady without the numbers. Is there a better way to judge who the best Dmen are or is it just a matter of opinion?