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HockeyBuzz Hotstove
Location: Barrie, ON
Joined: 09.04.2013

Nov 26 @ 11:34 AM ET
HockeyBuzz Hotstove: Most underused defenseman in the NHL this season?
mgriffen
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Toronto
Joined: 02.01.2012

Nov 26 @ 11:52 AM ET
Martin Marincin. Objectively the best, most underrated d man in the league and it's not even close.
jimbro83
New York Rangers
Location: LETS GO RANGERS, NY
Joined: 12.25.2009

Nov 26 @ 11:55 AM ET
this is so stupid

Cordell, you are looking at Fox's icetime average for his whole season, he wasn't going to start playing 20 minutes a game from the get-go, day 1 in the NHL

He was second on the entire team in icetime last night and that will be the norm as the season rolls on

Atomic Wedgie
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: At the centre of the hockey universe.
Joined: 07.31.2006

Nov 26 @ 12:13 PM ET
HockeyBuzz Hotstove: Most underused defenseman in the NHL this season?
- ToddCordellVAN

Cody Franson.

If you look at his advanced stats, he's an elite defenceman who could help out the Leafs or Coyotes.
mdw7413
New York Rangers
Location: You're exactly the problem with trying to have a conversation on here. - Tanner
Joined: 12.13.2013

Nov 26 @ 12:25 PM ET
Cody Franson.

If you look at his advanced stats, he's an elite defenceman who could help out the Leafs or Coyotes.

- Atomic Wedgie

Coburns_Nose
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Coburn's face
Joined: 11.16.2012

Nov 26 @ 12:27 PM ET
can we talk about Subban not being used on NJ's #1 PP unit?
eichiefs9
New York Islanders
Location: Former star of the popular 'Meat Spin' video , NY
Joined: 11.03.2008

Nov 26 @ 12:45 PM ET

- mdw7413

"The pride of New Jersey"

bikeguy99
New Jersey Devils
Joined: 09.05.2017

Nov 26 @ 12:50 PM ET
HockeyBuzz Hotstove: Most underused defenseman in the NHL this season?
- ToddCordellVAN


Ty Smith and Sami Niku.

Ty Smith was sent back down the the WHL for his 2nd eligible year with the club. While I am happy to not burn a year of his entry level deal, the first rounder is desperately needed in the NHL, as Tenneyson is the worst D in the league. You would think being the CHL's Defensmen of the year would help his cause, but instead the Devils chose to stunt his growth. Highest scoring WHL D man since the 1980's

Sami Niku is a similar story. With the Jets down 4 of their top 5 D from last season, you would think the reiging AHL D of the year would get the nod to play with the Jets. Instead, Bitetto/Beaulieu/Dahlstrom all get played, and look horrible. Meanwhile Niku has 12 points in 15 games, on pace for a 2nd consecutive AHL D of the year if he keeps it up again. Tho, with Morrissey potentially landing on the IR, Niku could get back with the Jets sooner than later. Only time will tell.
flyersfaninLA
Season Ticket Holder
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Pacific Palisades, CA
Joined: 03.05.2010

Nov 26 @ 1:01 PM ET
How about Cale Makar and or Quinn Hughes.

Kids like this don't score at this pace historically. Dahlin put up nice numbers last year but they are going to look small vs. these kids.

Provorov is another candidate that nobody's talking about. He's having a great year after signing a big contract.

As for the opposite - how about former 65 point Ghost? He needs to be traded, I hate to say. I have been fighting that concept but it is time.
mdw7413
New York Rangers
Location: You're exactly the problem with trying to have a conversation on here. - Tanner
Joined: 12.13.2013

Nov 26 @ 1:07 PM ET
"The pride of New Jersey"


- eichiefs9


Pride of LI


mgriffen
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Toronto
Joined: 02.01.2012

Nov 26 @ 1:11 PM ET
Cody Franson.

If you look at his advanced stats, he's an elite defenceman who could help out the Leafs or Coyotes.

- Atomic Wedgie


It just goes to show how stupid GMs are and that they should totally hire Coyote's bloggers from offbeat hockey gossip sites because we're way smrtr.
eichiefs9
New York Islanders
Location: Former star of the popular 'Meat Spin' video , NY
Joined: 11.03.2008

Nov 26 @ 1:37 PM ET
Pride of LI



- mdw7413

Nucker101
Location: #FreePierre
Joined: 09.26.2010

Nov 26 @ 1:39 PM ET
Ty Smith and Sami Niku.

Ty Smith was sent back down the the WHL for his 2nd eligible year with the club. While I am happy to not burn a year of his entry level deal, the first rounder is desperately needed in the NHL, as Tenneyson is the worst D in the league. You would think being the CHL's Defensmen of the year would help his cause, but instead the Devils chose to stunt his growth. Highest scoring WHL D man since the 1980's

Sami Niku is a similar story. With the Jets down 4 of their top 5 D from last season, you would think the reiging AHL D of the year would get the nod to play with the Jets. Instead, Bitetto/Beaulieu/Dahlstrom all get played, and look horrible. Meanwhile Niku has 12 points in 15 games, on pace for a 2nd consecutive AHL D of the year if he keeps it up again. Tho, with Morrissey potentially landing on the IR, Niku could get back with the Jets sooner than later. Only time will tell.

- bikeguy99


Good answers


Could also cheat and name a Canes dman since they’re so deep on the blue line
jimbro83
New York Rangers
Location: LETS GO RANGERS, NY
Joined: 12.25.2009

Nov 26 @ 1:43 PM ET
How about Cale Makar and or Quinn Hughes.

Kids like this don't score at this pace historically. Dahlin put up nice numbers last year but they are going to look small vs. these kids.

Provorov is another candidate that nobody's talking about. He's having a great year after signing a big contract.

As for the opposite - how about former 65 point Ghost? He needs to be traded, I hate to say. I have been fighting that concept but it is time.

- flyersfaninLA


Cale Makar played 27:45 vs the Leafs the other night

most icetime of any player on either team
eichiefs9
New York Islanders
Location: Former star of the popular 'Meat Spin' video , NY
Joined: 11.03.2008

Nov 26 @ 1:50 PM ET
Cale Makar played 27:45 vs the Leafs the other night

most icetime of any player on either team

- jimbro83



Should've played him 60 minutes
jimbro83
New York Rangers
Location: LETS GO RANGERS, NY
Joined: 12.25.2009

Nov 26 @ 1:51 PM ET


Should've played him 60 minutes

- eichiefs9


I think like 95% of the people commenting here don't understand the premise
uofcguy
Calgary Flames
Joined: 03.18.2019

Nov 26 @ 1:53 PM ET
Cody Franson is not in the NHL because GMs are an old boys club of stupid dinosaurs. Lou is the worst GM in the league. Whatever is happening in NYI is just luck or goalies. Holland is another dinosaur. Some say he drastically improved the culture, swapped Lucic for Neal, and actually created some depth in the bottom 6. But those people are wrong. It's just luck or something. Once we get rid of these dinosaur GMs and focus more on analytics, guys like Cody Franson can finally shine. He's the most underrated d-men in the NHL. Gormley is 2nd.
way out west
Joined: 12.30.2008

Nov 26 @ 1:56 PM ET
Cale Makar played 27:45 vs the Leafs the other night

most icetime of any player on either team

- jimbro83

The kid is an absolute stud. He will win the rookie of the year and have a shot (outside) Norris
jimbro83
New York Rangers
Location: LETS GO RANGERS, NY
Joined: 12.25.2009

Nov 26 @ 1:58 PM ET
The kid is an absolute stud. He will win the rookie of the year and have a shot (outside) Norris
- way out west


I am just glad Jersey or Philly didn't take him when they had the chance
Rexypoo
Winnipeg Jets
Location: Yes
Joined: 02.08.2016

Sunday @ 9:58 PM ET
Sami Niku