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

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  1. Noob616

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    Hm. Ignoring injuries I'd probably do something like:

    Chabot - Pietrangelo
    Rielly - Parayko
    Makar - Hamilton
    Theodore - Letang

    I'm not sure though. It could change quickly if certain guys bounce back and you could argue for Burns, Weber, Doughty, Ellis etc. as well. I know Makar plays RD but he's too good to leave off the roster and I think he'd be fine at LD.
     
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    Im shocked so many have Rielly. Also, Makar will easily be on this team in 2 years as well.
     
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    Too many people not considering handedness
    a good player isnt going to make the team because of handedness

    Canadian:
    Rielly (L) ~~~~ Hamilton (R) -
    Chabot (L) ~~~~Pietrangelo (R)
    Theodore (L) ~~~~Makar (R)
    Canada is always tough :huh::huh: with guys like Ellis (R) Nurse (L) Ekblad (R), Doughty (R)

    American
    Slavin (L) - Carlson (R) ~~~~ Reliable
    Hughes (L) - McAvoy (R) ~~~~ Dynamic and Fun
    Werenski (L) - Jones (R) ~~~Familiar
    I really like the makeup of that American roster
     
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    I totally forgot about Hamilton...he's on the team for sure.
     
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    Why’s that? Cause you’re an Oiler fan?
     
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    Harjit Sajjan has gotta be up there.
     
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    Definitely.

    In 2012 people were insanely worried on who would takeover from Niedermayer/Pronger. Doughty, Keith and Weber took on bigger roles and Pietrangelo and Subban progressed - that 2014 defense was one of the strongest ever.

    I think the hypothetical 2022 defense feels worse because we didn't see what the 2018 defense would've looked like, which is:

    Keith - Doughty
    Vlasic - Burns
    Giordano - Subban
    Pietrangelo
    Parayko/Hamilton

    Keith won't be there in two years, and Giordano is likely in that boat too. Same for Burns. Subban and Vlasic wouldn't make the team today, and therefore won't be there in two years presumably. So what's left:

    xxx - Hamilton
    xxx - Parayko
    xxx - Doughty
    Pietrangelo

    Morgan Reilly is on the top pair with Hamilton most likely, and Thomas Chabot is a good bet for the left side too. Someone with previous experience like Muzzin could probably be in as a LH shot... maybe you pair him with Doughty if needed? But barring something weird, Cale Makar would be there, so it's probably something like this:

    Reilly - Hamilton
    Makar - Parayko
    Chabot - Pietrangelo
    Muzzin/Doughty

    And that's not considering prospects like Evan Bouchard, Noah Dobson, Jamie Drysdale etc. all being Hughes/Makar level when they hit the NHL. Could also see players like Ekblad and Theodore take big steps.

    Canada's defense is fine. That's probably the best group aside from the US, which has definitely been a defense factory over the last decade.
     
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    Hedman, Karlsson, Dahlin, Klingberg, OEL, Ekholm, Lindholm, Brodin, Klefbom, Gustafsson, Boqvist, Sandin, Brannstrom might have something to say about that
     
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    Fair enough. Hedman is definitely the best of the bunch right now. After that... it's close.
     
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    Chabot-Pietrangelo
    Rielly-Doughty
    Giordano-Makar
    Burns
     
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    Off the top of my head, without reading comments:

    Giordano - Pietrangelo
    Reilly - Weber
    Chabot - Doughty

    Hamilton
    Letang
     
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    Looking at handedness and familiarity...

    Slavin Carlson
    Werenski Jones
    Krug McAvoy
     
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    Pietrangelo
    Makar
    Hamilton
    Doughty
    Giordano
    Parayko
    Chabot

    They can figure out their handiness. No chance Rielly should make any Canada list and I'm shocked at how crappy Canada's D depth really has become over the years.
     
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    Surprising how much Canada's D has fallen in the last few years. Sweden, on the other hand (not paired and not in order):
    Hedman
    Karlsson
    Lindholm
    Dahlin
    OEL
    Klingberg
    Klefbom
    Ekholm
    Gustafsson
    Brodin
     
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    Is it really any better outside of Hedman? Karlsson isn't the same player he was and Klingberg has been poor this year. Gus was a one-off. Dahlin is still raw. I think it just seems better because of how the teams stack up to their previous incarnations and because Canada's D is tough to pin down due to handedness issues.

    Pietrangelo
    Giordano
    Makar
    Letang
    Rielly
    Hamilton
    Burns
    Doughty
    Parayko
    Chabot
    Morrissey
    Theodore
    Weber
    Ellis

    There's a lot of comparables there.
     
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    You can’t be serious, wheres Ceci???
     
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    Keep Hamilton off the team. Doesn’t seem like a winner or someone you can count on in a big game.
     
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    Basically just take St. Louis' defense and sub in Giordano & Letang for Gunnarsson & Faulk.
     
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    Really brutal TBH.....sigh
     
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    After the season Rielly is having I don’t want him anywhere near the top pair.

    Giordano - Petro
    Burns- Doughty
    Rielly- Parayko
    Letang
     
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    Off the top of my head, this would be a pretty dynamic D corps.

    Chabot- Pietrangelo
    Burns - Weber
    Giordano - Makar
    Parayko
     
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    Hamilton before injury was the best defenseman in the NHL.. His analytical stats were the best out of almost everyone. His defensive game has improved massively, and probably the best two-way defenseman this season. He also made the Canes powerplay one of the best in the league, ever since his injury the Canes PP1 has been horrendous, the PP2 with Jake Gardiner has been better.
     

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    PK and his brand will not like this at all
     
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    Fine but let's see it in some important games first before putting him on the Olympic team. He's always been a let down in big games before - he doesn't seem to have the killer instinct like most of the top players do.
     
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    he’s been a let down before.. key word is before. he wasn’t used correctly, and to think if the canes used him on the PP1 last season he could’ve been more useful in the playoffs.
     

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