Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/19/14

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on December 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Nearing the end of October I picked Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs as the top defenceman in the league so far in the season.  While Phaneuf is having an all star calibre season so far, it is clear that he is no longer the top defenceman so far this year.  Several of the usual suspects are having very strong two-way seasons so far.  They include Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.  These are three players who all have won Norris Trophies in the past.  Other candidates include top defencemen in Shea Weber and Ryan Suter of the Nashville Predators and Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  In this crowded group we also have surprise players including Sheldon Souray of the Dallas Stars and Brian Campbell of the Florida Panthers.  There is a strong group of top defencemen so far this year and no one candidate is way out in front of the pack. If forced to select one at this point I pick Shea W...
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