Philadelphia Flyers: Does Broad Street Have The Best Defense In The NHL?

August 21st, 2010 by Charlie O'Connor Leave a reply »
The Philadelphia Flyers took advantage of their stellar defense to carry them to a surprise Stanley Cup Finals berth in 2010.

The Flyers top four of Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle and Braydon Coburn averaged 25:51 minutes of ice time in the postseason, and it was their backbreaking work that led to the team's deep playoff run.

In the 2010 offseason, the Flyers kept that core, and added Andrej Meszaros, Sean O'Donnell and Matt Walker to help solidify the back end of the defense.

These additions to an already-stout unit has some Flyers fans pondering an intriguing possibility.  Namely, whether the Flyers have the best defensemen corps in the league.

Note that this would not mean the Flyers have the best team defense in the league. The loss of the fantastic two-way forward Simon Gagne and the questions surrounding projected starting goalie Michael Leighton will likely help keep the Flyers from leading the league in fewest goals allowed.

But do the Flyers have the best top-to-bottom assortment of defensemen in the league? Let's take a look.


Measuring the Defenses

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