Best defensemen in this year's draft class...

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  1. Clash*

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    Who are the top ten defensemen in this year's draft class? Any clear cut stay-at-homer, like Phanuef was his draft year, on the horizon this year? Any solid two-way defnesemen that love to clear the crease? Who are the top d-men this year and what are their respective styles? Haven't looked at the prospects forum in a while, so if this has been done, my apologies.
     
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    Erik Johnson is the #1 dman in the draft imo. I havn't really started getting into the draft prospects yet though so people correct me if im wrong. Johnson is a bone crusher on the blue line.

    Top Dmen that I know of

    Johnson
    Sanguinetti
    Williams

    Sorry I couldnt give you 10.
     
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    Niclas Andersén is a tough stay-at-home defenseman. He is physically very impressive and has been compared to Ulfie Samuelsson back in Sweden.

    Erik Moe is the top offensive defenseman in Sweden. He's just 5'10 and has been compared to Kimmo Timonen. But in his case it's very early to tell. He has recently made his debut in the SEL though.
     
  4. Draft Guru

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    Erik Johnson is by far the best defenseman this year. IMO, he's a lock for the top 2, and perhaps, depending on the team drafting, could go #1 overall.
     
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    Hmmm, I think you'd find alot of people that would disagree with that comment. A good chance to go 2nd overall, absolutely, a lock? There is no way you can make that comment. Everything change because Johnson has stood out more than Toews has at the WJC. Big deal, it's one tournament. Toews hasn't had the impact of Johnson because he hasn't been expected to by Sutter. He's played the role asked of him. I really don't see how anyone can say he's a lock for 2nd overall, it's just not that simple.
     
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    Are you assuming Kessel is going #1? Right now I have Toews #1. ;)

    On a serious note, perhaps not a lock, but I think it's a strong possibility. I've seen EJ on a few more occassions than just this tournament, although he has stood out and has caught the eyes of many scouts. I felt the same way about Johnson even before this tournament began. I never said anything about this tournament being a factor. It definitely will be interesting to see how it all plays out come June. A lot will probably have to do with what teams are picking. If Columbus is at number 2, I'd put money on them taking Johnson over Toews. There's still a lot of season left and this is definitely shaping up to be one of the more intriguing top 10's.
     

  7. Erik Johnson is not a lock for the top 2. He is a strong possibility for the top 2.
     
  8. Draft Guru

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    It is my opinion that he will be drafted in the top 2.
     
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    This are some of the best that can be draft in the 1st and 2nd round:

    Erik Johnson
    Bob Sanguinetti
    Nigel Williams
    Mark Mitera
    Mathieu Carle
    John DeGray
    Ty Wishart
    Yuri Alexandrov
    Ivan Vishnevsky
    Tysen Dowzak
    Ben Shutron
    Brian Strait
    Logan Pyett
    Lukas Bohunicky
    Chris Summers
    Mike Weber
    David Ruzicka
    Joey Ryan
    Mike Ratchuk
    Kevin Wehrs
    Niclas Andersen
    James DeLory
     
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    Very strong American defensemen this year. Definately a good sign for the program.
     
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    Any input on their respective styles?

    I thank all who have mentioned names, but I'm still lookin for my answer.
     
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    Unless somebody steps up big time between now and June, then Erik Johnson is clearly number 1.

    I think its a stretch to claim he'll be top 2 at this point. It may well depend on the teams drafting. He could go number 2 but that is no sure thing at this point.
     
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    Let's just finish all this nonsense and say Erik Johnson is a lock to go in the top three.
     
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    Nonsense? I think it's just a healthy debate.

    Kessel, Toews and Johnson will be the top 3, but it could potentially go in any order depending on the teams that are drafting.
     
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    All this crud about the top two is nonsense IMO. My point is leave it as top three and all bases are covered without the pissing matches.
     
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    Is he? Is he really? Can you swear to me that he is? Can you really? How can you? How can you say such things?
     
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    I think it may be too early to say that these three will undoubtebly be the first three chosen come draft day. While they do appear to be favorites right now there is still a lot of time left for players to improve their positions. Frolik for one is a guy i can see sneaking into the top three.
     
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    Watch out for Joonas Lehtivuori FIN :yo:
     
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    David Shelmko from the Medicine Hat Tigers should be a top ten top 20 pick.
     
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    1. Moe is 6'0" (182cm, although he is probably a bit bigger than that now i think).
    2. Moe isnt the top defenseman born 88 in Sweden. Its Niclas Andersén.
    3. I think Jonas Ahnelöv (lateborn 87) will be drafted before those two. Great combination of passing game, size, physical play and excellent skating. Needs to work on his positional play regarding his defensive game. Great potential. The scouts will love that, and he should be drafted somewhere between second and fourth round.
     
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    Here's ISS top 15, where they list their top 5 defenseman and give short writeups on each:
    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=7977&mode=threaded&order=0

    And this link gives you Red Line Report's writeups on the top 5 players from each league in the CHL, including defensemen Carle, Ryan, Dowzak and Delory:
    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/columnist.jsp?content=20051004_141129_3512

    And here's a much longer writeup on Eric Johnson, the consensus top defenseman in the class:
    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/columnist.jsp?content=20051104_124356_5424

    Sorry I can't give a detailed top ten, but these links should still useful for what you seemed to want.
     
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    this years draft is much better then people make it out to be
     
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    That Top 3 is as certain as the Crosby-Johnson-Brule Top 3 last year. Do not doubt the words of the mighty posters of these mighty boards in this mighty internet.
     
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    Didn't he pass through last year's draft unclaimed?
     
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