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The hobby just won’t let itself love a defenseman. Sure, collectors have toyed with blueliners before, enjoying brief dalliances with top picks like Roman Hamrlik or Ed Jovanovski, or breakout offensive stars like P.K. Subban or Erik Karlsson. But the hobby’s ardor cools quickly and, outside of Bobby Orr — the exception by virtue of being the greatest player in the game’s history — there hasn’t been one capable of holding our attention long term.

Our fickle nature is not without reason. After all, defenders, by definition, prevent forwards and goaltenders from doing what we want to see — scoring flashy goals or making scintillating saves. And they tend not to do enough of the things we love to prevent our attention from being distracted by the next shiny object.

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