I will assume an "above average" F is putting points up. That's quantifiable, and therefore easier to gain notice.
But, there are fewer "above average" D so pool is smaller. The numbers work in your favor.
Problem is, what is that "above average" D "above average" in? Hard for a shut down D to gain notice.
I tell my kid that one goal or one knock-down at the blue line is worth 20 solid defensive plays. Proper gap control doesn't stand out enough.
I agree that it is much easier for an above average forward to get noticed and everyone that does not know hockey loves the offensive D-man. This is why the uneducated fan is in love with Tory Krug.
I would also agree that the shut down D might not stand out to someone who does not know the game.
However, an above average shutdown D-man stands out to any coach at the next level.
It is pretty obvious when a kid controls the play defensively and is constantly in control of the game from the defensive side of things. Those kids are few and far between and tend to get snatched up pretty quickly by any coach who has half an eye for the game.
Interesting points isnt the game moving toward the offesnsive D men like Krug?
Yep just like the kid who never backchecks and gets all the accolades for scoring a goal. Most D men only get noticed when the get beat