Who are Canada's top 6 D-men now?

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  1. Pierce Hawthorne

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    I mean.... Cale Makar is having the best Rookie year for a Dman in 30+ years.


    People are just looking at the defense and thinking it's ****ty because they're very young. Give guys like Makar and Chabot 2-3 more years to develop that defensive game along with the offense and they will be elite, elite level Dmen just like what Doughty, Keith, Weber, etc. were for Canada when they were 25 years old.


    Makar has a shot to be one of Canadas absolute best Dmen over the last 30 years.
     
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    A national top 6 containing Rielly is not a great top 6.
     
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    Reilly - Pietrangelo
    Doughty - Giordano
    Chabot - Parayko

    7th D - Makar, Ellis, Burns

    (These aren't the pairings I'd use, but just the top 6 they have IMO)
     
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    Doughty has no business on these lists.
     
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    1998 & 2002 were pretty good too (and I'm not including Canada Cup teams)

    1998 - Bourque, Blake, MacInnis, Stevens, Pronger (tho not at his peak yet), Foote, Desjardins

    2002 - Blake, Niedermayer, Pronger, MacInnis, Brewer, Foote, Jovocop
     
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    Im surprised to see Parayko finally getting some love, if you are going to put a lot of these purely offensive d-men on your team, someone like Parayko would be a needed, somebody has to kill penalties. I like the balanced approach
     
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    I wanna see a Rielly-Parayko pairing. They complement each other so well
     
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    Severe lack of Spurgeon on these lists...
     
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    Giordano - Doughty
    Parayko - Pietrangelo
    Reilly - Letang

    Morrissey/Weber
     
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    Giordano - Letang
    Doughty - Pietrangelo
    Burns/Hamilton/Weber/Spurgeon

    A lot of RHD.... where are Canada's LHD?
     
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    Why is McAvoy over Slavin?
    And Petry/Krug over Werenski/Hughes?

    This would be my American D:

    Slavin - Carlson
    McAvoy - Jones
    Petry - Hughes

    Werenski as the 7th guy
     
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    Weber had a good season, but he died and may never play again. So, not in top 6 now.
     
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    In terms of TOI this yr...

    Chabot
    Rielly
    Keith
    Giordano
    Chiarot
    Morrissey
    Nurse
    Theodore
    Muzzin
    Bouwmeester

    other notables include Girard, Vlasic, Brodie and Sanheim

    Yeah, it's pretty bad. I do think Chabot, Rielly and Giordano would all have a pretty reasonable shot at making the team, though.
     
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    Rielly has been on the top pair repping Canada before and been a standout each time.

    He's been injured all season.
     
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    They were a pair on team north America when Ekblad got injured and Colton got the bump.
     
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    As a Pens fan who is continually perplexed with how Letang stacks up to the rest of the league's defenders, this thread interests me.
     
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    Lol.. Nurse is honestly not a good hockey player. He is clueless on the ice.
     
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    Dumba is the worst defender I’ve ever seen at the world juniors
     
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    He'll probably be the second best offensive defenseman option after Makar and is an elite skater which helps on the bigger ice. If you put him with someone like Parayko that can take a bigger share of the defensive load, that would be a great pair.
     
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    I like this one, it is nicely balanced.
     
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    Letang would definitely be in the top 8, maybe top 6 discussion when 100% healthy. I am guessing he supplants one of Rielly or Chabot if he makes it.
     
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    This looks good. They wouldn't bleed goals like a lot of the others lineups posted so far.
     
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    Honestly, Ekblad could slide into these lists in 2 years. He's looked much closer to what people felt he could be based on his draft potential lately.
     
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    Canadian Dmen picked top 10 after 2008 (Doughty/Pietrangelo):
    2009 - Cowen
    2010 - Gudbranson, McIlrath
    2011 - Hamilton
    2012 - Murray, Reinhart, Reilly, Dumba, Pouliot, Koekkoek
    2013 - Nurse
    2014 - Ekblad, Fleury
    2015 - N/A
    2016 - N/A
    2017 - Makar
    2018 - Bouchard
    2019 - Byram

    It's too early to judge 2016+, but there was a solid 8 years where Canada only really produced Reilly as a true 1D. A lot of busts on that list. Ekblad was supposed to be the Doughty/Pronger/Neidermayer kind of anchor on the blueline but injuries derailed his career.
     
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    Wow, assuming these lists aren't missing any one, what a massive drop off from 2014.
     

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