12/10/2020

NHL.com’s fantasy hockey top 50 defenseman rankings are based on past production and expectations for the rest of the 2019-20 season in standard leagues.

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TOP 50 DEFENSEMAN RANKINGS
Standard fantasy categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, projected line combinations, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper upside, anticipated regression or bounce-back candidacy, age and contract status (current unrestricted and restricted free agents listed below). Potential 2020 UFAs (*) and RFAs (**) are noted.
1. John Carlson, WSH (SAME)2. Roman Josi, NSH (SAME)3. Alex Pietrangelo, STL* (+1)4. Cale Makar, COL (+1)5. Victor Hedman, TBL (-2)6. Kris Letang, PIT (+1)7. Brent Burns, SJS (-1)8. Shea Weber, MTL (SAME)9. Tyson Barrie, TOR* (SAME)10. Quinn Hughes, VAN (SAME)1. John Carlson, WSH (SAME)2. Roman Josi, NSH (SAME)3. Alex Pietrangelo, STL* (+1)4. Cale Makar, COL (+1)5. Victor Hedman, TBL (-2)6. Kris Letang, PIT (+1)7. Brent Burns, SJS (-1)8. Shea Weber, MTL (SAME)9. Tyson Barrie, TOR* (SAME)10. Quinn Hughes, VAN (SAME)11. Zach Werenski, CBJ (SAME)12. Keith Yandle, FLA (SAME)13. Torey Krug, BOS* (SAME)14. Erik Karlsson, SJS (+1)15. John Klingberg, DAL (+1)16. Shea Theodore, VGK (+3)17. Rasmus Dahlin, BUF (+10)18. Neal Pionk, WPG (-4)19. Mark Giordano, CGY (-2)20. Seth Jones, CBJ (+2)21. Jeff Petry, MTL (-1)22. Jacob Trouba, NYR (-1)23. Ivan Provorov, PHI (-5)24. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI (-1)25. Tony DeAngelo, NYR (-1)26. Mattias Ekholm, NSH (-1)27. Ryan Suter, MIN (+2)28. Alexander Edler, VAN (-2)29. Thomas Chabot, OTT (-1)30. Jaccob Slavin, CAR (SAME)31. Mikhail Sergachev, TBL** (+1)32. Miro Heiskanen, DAL (+1)33. Oscar Klefbom, EDM (+2)34. Erik Gustafsson, CHI* (+12)35. Samuel Girard, COL (-1)36. Adam Fox, NYR (SAME)37. Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF (+4)38. Jake Muzzin, TOR* (NEW – INJ.)39. Aaron Ekblad, FLA (+8)40. Rasmus Sandin, TOR (+8)41. Justin Schultz, PIT* (NEW – INJ.)42. Ryan Graves, COL (NEW)43. Drew Doughty, LAK (DTD
)44. Mike Matheson, FLA (+4)45. Jared Spurgeon, MIN (+4)46. Kevin Shattenkirk, TBL* (-7)47. Darnell Nurse, EDM** (-5)48. Josh Morrissey, WPG (-3)49. Charlie McAvoy, BOS (-18)50. Sami Vatanen, NJD* (-10)
Dropped out: John Marino, PIT; Alex Goligoski, ARI; Tyler Myers, VAN
Just missed: Esa Lindell, DAL; Dmitry Orlov, WSH; Ethan Bear, EDM**; Ryan Pulock, NYI**; Colton Parayko, STL; Hampus Lindholm, ANA
Key injuries: Dougie Hamilton, CAR; Ryan Ellis, NSH; Morgan Rielly, TOR; Dustin Byfuglien, WPG (SUSP.)

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