The first question that pops into anyone’s head is whether the Detroit Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall or the New York Islanders’ Bryce Salvador are better than the other two.
Both are solid, both are talented and both have good offensive and defensive game.
If you’re going to pick the winner, it’s Kronwall and Salvador.
And I’m not saying it’s a given.
It’s a tossup.
So what are the other contenders for the best defensemen in the league?
It’s the same question asked when the Capitals acquired Nikolai Kulemin from the Philadelphia Flyers last year, which is the best defenseman in the entire league.
Both players are very good, both have outstanding defensive play, both can score goals and both are capable of playing on both sides of the puck.
If I had to pick a player who has the best chance of winning the Calder Trophy this season, it’d be Alex Ovechkin.
He’s one of the best offensive defensemen, a player that can score and score big, but he’s also one of those guys that has a tremendous shot.
He has great vision, a high hockey IQ, and can skate hard and move the puck with power.
He’s got all the tools, and his ability to play on both ends of the ice gives him a chance to win the Calder, so there is a great chance that Ovechuk will win it this season.
The last thing I’m going to say about Ovecho is that I have a lot of respect for him and what he brings to this team.
He brings a different brand of skill to the team than a lot who play for teams like the Bruins and Blackhawks.
The last thing he needs is another year in Columbus and another year on the ice to lose confidence in his game.
Ovechaks play is going to have to catch up with what he’s done in Pittsburgh, where he’s played for three seasons, and he has to be better in Columbus.
He’ll have to be more consistent, more consistent defensively and more consistent offensively.
It’ll take a lot for him to be the best player in the world.
The next step for Ovechnks success will be a full season in Columbus, and I think he’s ready to take on that challenge.
It will be fun to see who gets the nod for best defenseman of the season, but the Calder will go to the Penguins’ Nick Bonino, who has been one of Pittsburgh’s most consistent players over the last few seasons.
He does everything you want from a defenseman.
He gets pucks to the net, he’s a tough player, he can score, he makes smart plays.
And he’s got great vision.
Bonino is a player I think that when you look at his play on the road he has a good chance to be a Calder finalist this season because he’s so consistent.
It doesn’t matter where he plays, he always makes a big impact.
Bonino is coming off a season where he scored 42 goals, and that’s with a team that was very young, but also one that won the Stanley Cup last year.
It shows he’s capable of winning a Calder, but if he’s not, he’ll be the first player to go and the first to go in the voting, so he has that great potential to win a Calder.
Boninos best game in Columbus came against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.
He scored the winner on a power play goal and also had an assist on Tomas Jurco’s goal in the third period.
He also put up a great shot, and when the puck was snapped he showed the speed to keep it out of the net.
He was solid all night, and if you watched him play in Columbus you’ll see that he’s very, very comfortable on the puck, too.
He makes a great play, and a good player that has an incredible shot.
Bonin is a good defenseman, but I think it’s going to take him a year in Pittsburgh and he’ll have a tough time making it to the Calder final.
He should be the last player to win it.