Philadelphia Flyers: The Hunt for the Barry Ashbee Award

February 24th, 2011 by donald wood Leave a reply »
From a defensive mindset, the Philadelphia Flyers have had a great season so far.

Their six top defenders have been the most solid group in the NHL, boasting five of six defenders with plus-10 or higher.

“We have a great team, no matter who is in the lineup,” Flyers defenseman Matt Carle said.

“We just have to go out there and win.”

And win they have.

The Flyers defense has helped the team win 39 games so far this season and the team has maintained a goal differential of plus-46.

So, with such a large contingency of candidates for the Flyers' annual best defenseman award—dubbed the Barry Ashbee Award after the legendary Flyers defender—who is the favorite in this race?

Many people will say players like Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros deserve the honor, but I believe the winner of the award will not be one of these gentlemen.

If the award were to be given out today, it would have to go to young defenseman Matt Carle.

Carle is second on the team to Kimmo Timonen with 26 points. The improved play of Chris Pronger will only help ...

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