by PuckStopsHere on 11/18/13 at 09:05 PM ET
Nearly a month ago I picked PK Subban as the best defenceman so far in the season. Subban remains one of the top scoring defencemen in the league with 17 points. This places him second in scoring among defencemen. The problem is Subban is not as reliable defensively as some of the best defenders in the NHL. I think a better pick as top defenceman so far this season is Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Phoenix Coyotes. He has one fewer point than Subban but is stronger defensively. He has a +12 +/- rating, which is the third highest among defencemen. He does this facing the toughest opposition that Phoenix faces.
Ekman-Larsson is only 22. He is in his fourth NHL season and quickly developing into one of the best defencemen in the game. The potential exists for him to go down in history as one of the best defencemen in hockey history. That success would be still to come, but he has the pedigree that it is possible.
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