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HockeyBuzz Hotstove
Location: Barrie, ON
Joined: 09.04.2013

Aug 10 @ 12:38 PM ET
HockeyBuzz Hotstove: Top-5 defensemen in the Western Conference?
EnzoD
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Denver, CO
Joined: 02.19.2014

Aug 10 @ 12:45 PM ET


^^Actual footage of Tanner ranking Mattias Ekholm as the best Defenseman in the Entire Western Conference when he's the 3rd best Dman on his own team.....
dcetlin
New Jersey Devils
Location: Westfield, NJ
Joined: 02.19.2015

Aug 10 @ 12:56 PM ET
Tanner taking another L
LAkings96
Los Angeles Kings
Location: La Verne, CA
Joined: 12.15.2012

Aug 10 @ 1:10 PM ET
I think I just read the dumbest list ever by that Tanner kid.
PatShart
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Vegas, NV
Joined: 06.25.2015

Aug 10 @ 1:12 PM ET
Tanners original list was recovered:

1. David Runblad
2. Cody Franson
3. Jake Muzzin
4. OEL
5. John Chayka
Feds91Stammer
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Even Holland couldn't mess that up, FL
Joined: 02.01.2012

Aug 10 @ 1:29 PM ET
xShoot4WarAmpsx
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Hamilton, ON
Joined: 06.25.2010

Aug 10 @ 1:32 PM ET
Dont hate on Muzzin, hes good D. Not top 5 worthy but good solid dman who can produce offensively
Mino42
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Philipsburg, PA
Joined: 08.10.2015

Aug 10 @ 1:34 PM ET
Oh wow, Tanner must have another light afternoon where he can post nonsense just to upset people on here so he can argue with them to kill time. Dude is such an AW...
mgriffen
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Toronto
Joined: 02.01.2012

Aug 10 @ 1:45 PM ET
Not even a little love for Pietrangelo?
Bakwas
Season Ticket Holder
Vancouver Canucks
Location: Vancouver, BC
Joined: 01.22.2012

Aug 10 @ 2:06 PM ET
Quinn Hughes????
Mahewman
Season Ticket Holder
Boston Bruins
Location: NH
Joined: 07.01.2009

Aug 10 @ 2:12 PM ET
These lists....
jochfr
Buffalo Sabres
Location: It's totally menstrual , TN
Joined: 07.11.2009

Aug 10 @ 2:15 PM ET
So bad...
PancakesPenner
Los Angeles Kings
Location: San Diego, CA
Joined: 04.20.2012

Aug 10 @ 2:22 PM ET
bulet13
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Faceoffs, Plus/Minus, and PIMs...the Holy Trinity, TX
Joined: 03.10.2013

Aug 10 @ 2:25 PM ET
Tanner, jfc man. I like a lot of what you write but c'mon dude that's an absurd list
Rinosaur
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Joined: 01.21.2016

Aug 10 @ 2:41 PM ET
Tanner just has to make the “bold” opinions.
RobShouts
St Louis Blues
Location: Orlando, FL
Joined: 07.13.2013

Aug 10 @ 2:45 PM ET
I may sound like a homer, but I don’t know how Pietrangelo doesn’t even get a mention here. He’s one of the best defensive-minded defensemen in the league. And up until this past season, when the Blues were terrible, his stats were nearly universally better than Subban’s.
Rinosaur
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Joined: 01.21.2016

Aug 10 @ 2:47 PM ET
I may sound like a homer, but I don’t know how Pietrangelo doesn’t even get a mention here. He’s one of the best defensive-minded defensemen in the league. And up until this past season, when the Blues were terrible, his stats were nearly universally better than Subban’s.
- RobShouts


He’d be in the top ten for sure, but I just don’t think he’s top five.
RobShouts
St Louis Blues
Location: Orlando, FL
Joined: 07.13.2013

Aug 10 @ 2:51 PM ET
He’d be in the top ten for sure, but I just don’t think he’s top five.
- Rinosaur


How so? Most of these lists treat defensemen like forwards. Who cares how many points they have? If I’m building a team of only players from the West, and I want increible defense, my top pair is Doughty and Pietrangelo all day, everyday.
Rinosaur
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Joined: 01.21.2016

Aug 10 @ 2:53 PM ET
How so? Most of these lists treat defensemen like forwards. Who cares how many points they have? If I’m building a team of only players from the West, and I want increible defense, my top pair is Doughty and Pietrangelo all day, everyday.
- RobShouts


Can’t say there isn’t an argument for that.

IMO it’s OEL, Burns, Doughty, Subban and Klingberg. (Not in that order)
MaximumBone
Edmonton Oilers
Location: Every day is a Klefbom day, BC
Joined: 06.15.2012

Aug 10 @ 2:55 PM ET
I may sound like a homer, but I don’t know how Pietrangelo doesn’t even get a mention here. He’s one of the best defensive-minded defensemen in the league. And up until this past season, when the Blues were terrible, his stats were nearly universally better than Subban’s.
- RobShouts

Kinda ends up being subjective based off what stats/qualities someone values. I'd certainly take Pietrangelo over a few names noted here.

Ignoring age and contract, I'd probably go Doughty, OELand Klingberg as the top tier; Giordano, Pietrangelo the collection of Nashville Dmen (Subban, Josi and Ellis) in the next; and Lindholm and Vlasic rounding it out. Contentious opinion, but Burns doesn't even register on account of his poor defending despite favourable deployment.
Feds91Stammer
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Even Holland couldn't mess that up, FL
Joined: 02.01.2012

Aug 10 @ 2:58 PM ET
How so? Most of these lists treat defensemen like forwards. Who cares how many points they have? If I’m building a team of only players from the West, and I want increible defense, my top pair is Doughty and Pietrangelo all day, everyday.
- RobShouts

Parayko > Pietrangelo
Feds91Stammer
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Even Holland couldn't mess that up, FL
Joined: 02.01.2012

Aug 10 @ 3:00 PM ET
Can’t say there isn’t an argument for that.

IMO it’s OEL, Burns, Doughty, Subban and Klingberg. (Not in that order)

- Rinosaur

I would agree with those 5.
sycsam
St Louis Blues
Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: 09.26.2008

Aug 10 @ 3:10 PM ET
Parayko > Pietrangelo
- Feds91Stammer


Not yet but one day maybe
oilpatch
Edmonton Oilers
Location: BC
Joined: 01.23.2014

Aug 10 @ 3:15 PM ET


How dare you leave out Lord Larson
GreatGigInTheSky
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: "Yeah, Garth is a tool"- Garf, ON
Joined: 06.12.2017

Aug 10 @ 3:19 PM ET
I may sound like a homer, but I don’t know how Pietrangelo doesn’t even get a mention here. He’s one of the best defensive-minded defensemen in the league. And up until this past season, when the Blues were terrible, his stats were nearly universally better than Subban’s.
-RobShouts


I agree. I think he's easily in the top 5 in the Western Conference.
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