Needing size, speed, and intelligence to survive in the NHL, elite defenseman are hard to find. From Eddie Shore to Dion Phanuef, the policemen of the blueline have evolved drastically over the years, and by combining the past with the present, a prototype defenseman is about to be formed.
The possibilities are endless: the spin-o-rama of Denis Savard paired with the bone crunching hitting ability of Chris Pronger, or the goalscoring ability of Mike Green, combined with the shot blocking skill of Karlis Skrastins.
After writing an article on Creating The Ultimate Goalie, I've been compelled to find out what would happen if I combined all the elements of a great defensemen together to form The Ultimate Defenseman.
The elements that make up a great defenseman are Skating, Stick Play, Physical Presence, Defensive Awareness, Offensive Awareness, Passing, Shot, Leadership, Size, Toughness and Durability.
Choosing the player who was the best at each aspect of the game is nearly impossible, and without choosing Bobby Orr for every category, here are my picks.