by PuckStopsHere on 02/08/13 at 11:29 PM ET
It's early in the season (and some teams are almost a quarter of the way through the season) and I have yet to pick a top defenceman so far this season. This is because there has yet to be a clear front runner. Today I make my first pick of Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators. He was last season's Norris Trophy winner and is picking up where he left off.
He is the top goal scorer among defencemen with five. His nine points are among the top in the league. His defensive play is still improving. He is playing almost 28 minutes a game and in tough defensive situations. He has posted a +6 +/- rating in this situation.
There are several other defencemen off to fast starts including Tobias Enstrom, Kris Letang, Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk. Likely many of these players will fall by the wayside as the season continues. Karlsson has the ability that he could remain on top at the end of the season. Since he has a lead at this early point in the year, he just might remain in the lead come season's end.
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